casa wabi


Submission: October 15, 2021
Registration: October 15, 2021
Language: English
Location: Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Open


Fundación Casa Wabi calls for the design and production  of an Orchid Pavilion that is based on a permanent,  innovative and sustainable proposal for the growth of various species of orchids in the Oaxacan coast.


Fundación Casa Wabi is a non-profit organization that encourages a dialog between contemporary art and the local communities based on our three locations: Puerto Escondido, Mexico City and Tokyo. The name comes from the Japanese philosophy of Wabi-Sabi, which believes on finding beauty and harmony in simplicity, the imperfect and unconventional. Our mission is focused on building a social development through art, which in itself is carried on through five core programs: residencies, exhibitions, clay, cinema and mobile library. Casa Wabi is located in the Pacific coast, 20 minutes away from the Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca airport. Situated between the mountains and the sea, the main location was designed by the Japanese architect Tadao Ando (Pritzker, 1995) and under the initiative of Mexican artist Bosco Sodi. The main facilities include a multipurpose room, six independent dormitories, two closed studios and another six open studios, a 450 m2 exhibition gallery and various work areas that conform an ideal place to recharge one’s energy amongst other artists.


– To design and build a permanent, sustainable and innovative orchid pavilion at Casa Wabi for the growing of many different species of orchids in the Oaxacan coast.
– The pavilion must include a space for an educational program on these species.
– The pavilion must respect the gardens and landscape of the region and must engage in a dialogue with nearby pavilions and the mission of the foundation.


The open call is open and anonymous. It will take place in a single phase and is governed by the provisions established in the administrative and technical bases thereof.
The contestant agrees to accept all parts of the Open call without appeal to its regulatory, technical and procedural provisions established in its bases.

We welcome projects by architects from all over the world, individually or as a team. Teams can include members from other disciplines as long as the representative is an architect. Each contestant or team must submit a single proposal. In no case may the member of one team be part of another.

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