Sonora Art Village by LEMEAL Studio
Status: Project, 2020
Probably you all remember our sonora house project. For the new followers, we made a house concept in Mexico, It was frozen, but we gladly finished it and showed you. We didn’t expect so many people to like him and were very surprised. A lot of people have been writing to us about their feelings, saying they’re inspired by this project, and for us, it was very important and enjoyable. Maybe that confession meant we were doing something right. It’s been almost a year. The world has changed a lot over this time, unfortunately not for the better. We’ve been working very hard this year. Sitting in self-isolation, surrounded by four walls, it occurred to us to create a whole village from houses like Sonora House. We wanted to create a place where people can come and feel for a while in a completely different place, far from the grey reality, to feel in some bright 3D space or even a cartoon. It’s a place free from prejudice. There’s no place for racism, sexism, or humiliation. We tried to create a completely different atmosphere that would exude joy, love, and happiness.
Sonora Art Village is an explosion of our emotions, it’s what we lack in reality. We were inspired by the works of great masters Ricardo Bofill and Luis Barragan. Their buildings are still very relevant, people take photos of them, shoot in the movies, do something similar, using some elements, and we are among them. This is not just ordinary architecture, but a work of art. We do not put ourselves in line with these masters in any way, but in the name of the project ‘Sonora Art Village’ we wanted to show that our project is not just guest houses, but an art. Every house is like a sculpture. Our goal was to do something as simple as last time, but unusual.
Thanks to the way our house was warmly welcomed for the first time, we thought that maybe we should continue this idea, and came up with a whole village of similar houses, where people can relax. In Sonora Art Village there is no clear system, the houses are located chaotically, and each house has its own colorful path. Cardinally, the house has not changed, there is changed the overall dimensions, there were houses of medium size and very small. With regard to geometry, we began to use semicircular arches, passageways, and small overhanging volumes. Some houses are higher, and some are lower, so the village has a lot of small stairs, which makes it feel like you’re going up and down in a game like Super Mario.
The windows by the houses are as chaotic as they used to be so that more natural light penetrates. The houses which are located on the slope have their own swimming pools and also have one large pool for common use. In the aisles between some houses, there are flowerbeds with large vegetation. It’s kind of an oasis, but still with cacti. Big cactuses. We love cactuses. The houses still have nighttime lights in their colors. At night, this place turns into a light installation, and the sky is painted in different colors. By the way, at home everything is not in the usual pink and yellow color, we have made a different combination of colors, but each uses two colors and our classic white window volumes. So this is just a concept, noncommercial, just a piece of art. But anyway we would be happy if one day our project became a reality to let people dive into a completely different atmosphere.