Vegetal Kingdom

Senosiain Arquitectos

 

The project is located in a suburban area of Mexico City. The idea was to salvage a wooded zone ensconced between two urban settlements.
The space presented here includes the greenhouse zone with an organic garden designed as educational play areas, where both children and adults can establish a more spontaneous connection with nature, discovering new and better ways of relating to it. The greenhouse, the bridges, the slides, the labyrinths and secret passageways are clad in broken tile mosaics, forming multicolored patterns that harmonize with and complement the explosion of colors offered by the surrounding flowers. It is a setting in which nature plays a central role and which reflects two heritages of contemporary Mexico: the pre-Hispanic tradition, reflected in the use of stone and the robust, almost sculptural forms, and the Spanish colonial one, reflected in the use of Talavera glazed ceramic tiles.
The greenhouse, half underground, is surrounded by a continuous stone wall and roofed with ferrocement ribbing and stained glass. At the center of the space is a reflecting pool fed by a water slide that ensures the proper degree of humidity and enriches the visitor's experience with the murmur of the water.
The organic garden is divided into several areas:
The butterfly garden contains a large variety of plants whose colors and textures attract the pollinizing insects.
The desert garden.
The "three sisters" garden displays the interaction of its three edible components: maize, squash, and beans. These three plants have been indispensable elements of Mesoamerican agriculture since time immemorial.
The garden of medicinal plants.
The kitchen garden.

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