This Mexican Architect’s Quirky Work Is Pure Eye Candy
For over 30 years now, architect Javier Senosiain has devoted his career to creating some of Mexico’s most bizarre and beautiful buildings. His works are so beloved that the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City is currently showcasing Javier’s achievements. The 68-year-old architect has focused his designs around the school of “organic architecture,” which aims to create structures that appear as if they have grown naturally out of the earth. The results of Javier’s efforts are often as beautiful as they are otherworldly. Don’t know what we mean? Let’s take a look at some of his most amazing creations.
Quetzalcoatl’s Nest, one of Javier’s most well known creations, is actually an apartment complex.
What looks like the scary mouth of a giant serpent (which it totally is), is actually one of the most well-known features of Quetzalcoatl’s condos.
The apartments are built to resemble the body of feathered serpent Quetzalcoatl, the Aztec god of wind and learning.
Windows from the apartments show off the massive scale of this creation.
Like the photo above, parts of the exterior were painted to resemble feathers. Other sections were designed to resemble scales.
A closer look reveals the level of detail that went into making sections like the serpent’s face.
This kind of detail isn’t just limited to the exterior.
Once inside the many caves of Quetzalcoatl’s Nest, visitors are treated to a dazzling display of colors.
This definitely makes your neighbor’s Christmas display look like chopped liver.
Even simple water reflections show off how stunning the interior is.
In case you’re wondering what an actual apartment looks like from the inside…
The body of the snake is clearly visible from this person’s home.
With the Nautilus House, a building much smaller than Quetzalcoatl’s Nest, Javier was able to pack in more imagination than the average architect could ever dream of.
The giant window display leads to some amazing lighting inside the conch-shaped home.
Looks like something right out of a fairy tale.
Like most architects, Javier uses models when working on the design of a building. The Palace of Fine Arts exhibit shows off many of these, including Quetzalcoatl’s Nest.
Even the scales on the mouth of the serpent are visible in the model.
Other exhibits on display at the museum show off smaller concepts Javier has developed.
With this design, Javier turns the sombrero into a landmark.
This shows the model and the final home.
The design looks almost like an eroded rock formation in the desert.
The roundness of his designs are not an accident.
Javier explains, “When a child is born we put him an incubator, which is a box. Then we put him a playpen. The child is placed in a succession of boxes throughout his life, and then when he dies, he is put in another box. The idea here is to break with the box.”
If you were wondering, Javier Senosiain’s actual home is just as amazing as his other work.
Built to resemble a shark, one can only wonder how amazing the view is from that giant window.
If you like his work, be sure to follow Javier on Twitter, or just head to the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City.
— Javier Senosiain (@arquitecturaor1) August 24, 2016
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