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'El Nido De Quetzalcoatl' Condo Built By Mexican Architect Javier Senosiain
July 2, 2015
Imagine walking through a woodland alongside a peaceful stream, and suddenly, right beside you, a building seems to slither straight out of the ground ending in a gaping serpent's mouth. On a 5,000 square-meter piece of irregular land tucked away in a wooded area of Estado de México, this building is a reality, and it's the kind of structure that most of us would only imagine existed in dreams.
Mexican architect Javier Senosiain built this condo to resemble the Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent of Meso-American mythology. The project wasn't originally intended to pay homage to this mythological creature, but the discovery of several caves on the building site changed Senosiain's perspective on the project. Only one of the caves was structurally sound enough to be incorporated into the condo, and upon looking at the mouth of this cave, Senosiain got the distinct feeling that it resembled a snake's head with open jaws. The rest of the building resembles a snake moving in and out of the ground, so Senosiain added a tail and named it Quetzalcoatl.
Senosiain builds using principles of Organic Architecture, which involves building structures to work with their landscapes instead of destroying them. Organic architecture is meant to encourage and inspire those who interact with it to be more in tune with nature and to become aware of their relationship to the natural environment surrounding them. These structures and spaces are designed to best fit the psychological and physical needs of their human inhabitants. Imagine walking through your home and walking through a beautiful woodland at the same time; it's hard to imagine that strolling from your front door out onto a creek bed wouldn't encourage healthy mental states of peacefulness and freedom.
Have you ever seen organic architecture before? Was it anything like Senosiain's El Nido De Quetzalcoatl? Share your thoughts in the comments below!