BAMBOO GUESTHOUSE - INSTITUTO DE LA NATURALEZA DE OAXACA
OAXACA, MÉXICO  .  2011/12  .  COLLABORATION WITH BE ROOT STUDIO AND CASA TIERRA

 

OFICINA WAS INVITED BY BE ROOT STUDIO TO COLLABORATE IN THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF A SUSTAINABLE GUESTHOUSE FOR INSTITUTO DE LA NATURALEZA Y SOCIEDAD DE OAXACA. THE GUESTHOUSE IS PART OF A PERMACULTURE CENTER WHERE INSO DEVELOPS SUSTAINABLE WAYS OF LIVING.
THIS DESIGN USES NATURAL, LOCAL AND RE-USED MATERIALS SUCH AS WOOD, BAMBOO, CANE, EARTH AND A REPURPOSED ELECTRICITY POST. THE CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES ARE LOW-TECH, VERNACULAR AND RESPOND TO THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE REGION. THESE TECHNIQUES AND MATERIALS ARE NOWADAYS BEING SUBSTITUTED BY GENERIC TECHNOLOGY AND MATERIALS WHICH ARE MORE EXPENSIVE AND HIGHLY UNSUSTAINABLE. THE KNOWLEDGE OF LOCAL BUILDERS AND ARTISANS WAS ESSENTIAL  DURING THE PROCESS AS IT BROUGHT A STRONG LOCAL IDENTITY TO THE PROJECT.
THE PROJECT FEATURED ELEMENTS CONSIST OF RAINWATER COLLECTORS, SOLAR PANELS, GREEN ROOF WITH LOCAL PLANTS AND COMPOSTING TOILETS. THE COMPOSTING TOILET IS A TRADITIONAL AND SUSTAINABLE SYSTEM USED IN MEXICO DUE TO THE LACK OF WATER IN MANY REGIONS. STOOL IS COMPOSTED AND TRANSFORMED INTO NUTRIENTS FOR SOIL WITHOUT THE USE OF WATER.