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That Gregory lived a past life as a sailor is evident in the nautical theme running through Vena Cava’s design, which playfully juxtaposes with the winery’s desert setting. That he has a soft spot for sustainability is evident in much of it being made from reclaimed materials.
Source: Vena Cava – Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico – Gastro Obscura
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Recycled wood and steel are the primary materials used to construct the winery. The timber slats are naturally weathered and are of varying shades to give the building an interesting and earthy texture and parts of the wooden walls are punctuated by small glass openings for beautiful effect. Pieces of natural unmilled wood are used as seating or decorative objects.
Despite its 22,000-square-meter size, the BRUMA winery visually disappears in the dusty red and green landscape of Valle de Guadalupe.
Source: Mexican winery built from recycled wood and rammed earth blends into the valley landscape | Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building
Earthships have a special place in my heart. The folks of this documentary Earthships New Solutions do too. This is the first of a four part video – please go see the amazing work these people did. (also, the cinematography and animation are just tops!)
Earthships New Solutions – Part 1 of 4 – YouTube.
Mexican firm Taller 6A has renovated a library inside an eighteenth-century building in Mexico City, adding a bookshop with hundreds of wooden boxes on its walls, its ceilings, and under its glass floor.
via Mexican library renovation by Taller 6A with bookshop covered in boxes.
Originally built in the 17th century, the Palace of the Counts of Miravalle now has a new life as a luxe boutique hotel in Mexico City’s historic center. Situated just two blocks from the center Plaza de la Constitucion, Downtown Mexico is the new hip place to be. Grupo Habita, a hotelier who is making a name for itself with clever, eco-friendly accommodations like Hotel Endemico in Baja, is responsible for this beautiful adaptive-reuse and restoration. The project was designed by Cherem Serrano Arquitectos, with interior design by Paul Roco and features 17 rooms, a hostel and a stunning rooftop terrace and pool.
via 17th Century Palace Transformed into a Luxe Boutique Hotel In Mexico City’s Historic Center Downtown Mexico-Grupo Habita – Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building.