"The name Casa Wabi was adopted from the concept ‘Wabi-Sabi’, which represents a vision of the world focused on the acceptance of the ephemeral and the imperfect, the art of finding beauty in imperfection, in the accident and depth of nature,” says Carla Sodi, Director of the non-profit art foundation Casa Wabi.
Created in 2014 by artist Bosco Sodi, designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando and situated on the Oaxacan coast, Casa Wabi is an arresting site that hunkers down into the landscape—forming the ideal artist retreat.
Facing the South Pacific Ocean, the residence was formed from one 312-meter-long concrete wall, which divides the space between public and private programmes. “Concrete was the best option for this construction. It has found its way to blend with nature, by not disturbing the natural harmony of its surroundings, melding with the garden designed by Mexican architect, Alberto Kalach, and the beautiful oceanfront,” explains Carla.
“Above eye level captures the local and traditional spirit with the Palapa roofs. Whereas below eye level captures the contemporary essence with geometric concrete walls, columns, stone floorings and the wooden shutters. This is a very unique project with use of various uncommon materials, allowing me to create architecture and spaces that cannot be created other than in this location,” Tadao Ando has said of Casa Wabi.