Casa Wabi Coop | Kengo Kuma and Associates
© Sergio Lopez

Mexico 2018Casa Wabi Coop

Oaxaca
Factory
Completed

We thought of conceiving this coop in a way that could relate to collective housing projects. While the sheltered space within this pavilion would be used for the general activities of the coop; the structure itself, built-up by interlocking wooden boards together, would create individual cells within for each of its inhabitants for their resting. In addition, the permeable nature of this interlocking system makes this become a well aired and shaded house.
With this interlocking system of 30mm boards we can create lattice-kind walls and roof that would be able to stand the main loads. For the horizontal loads, we tried to avoid the usual structural bracing by inserting rigid elements within each of the lattice cells. These rigid elements would locally limit the deformation of the lattice and therefore provide the overall bracing of the structure. It’s a pixelated kind of bracing.”

Photography ©︎ Sergio Lopez