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10 Architectural Projects Showcasing Oaxaca’s Natural & Cultural Settings

by Brent May

The state of Oaxaca in Mexico is one of the country’s most popular and most visited states. Visitors from all over the world are attracted by the state’s extensive gastronomic, cultural and architectural offerings. Located in the southeastern region of the country, it is 93,757 km² and is divided into 570 municipalities, making it the fifth largest state in the country.

Currently, Oaxaca has three “Pueblos Mágicos” or magical towns, a national quality tourism label. Oaxaca also boasts a UNESCO declaration issued in 1987, which includes the Historic Center of Oaxaca and the Archaeological Zone of Monte Albán within the list of World Heritage Sites. Oaxaca is known mainly for its indigenous peoples made up of more than 16 ethnic groups, which have survived and continue to maintain their customs and settle around the main archaeological sites such as Monte Albán and Mitla. However, other areas showcase the more natural heritage of the state. Facing the sea and attracting more tourists every season, Huatulco, Puerto Escondido, Zicatela, Mazunte and Zipolite are the hot spots of the southern Pacific Coast.

These features have inspired many architects from Mexico and around the world. They have built some of the most iconic works in the region. You will find a list of 10 projects published in ArchDaily where design coexists with the natural or cultural context resulting in spaces that truly show the authenticity of the state of Oaxaca.


Industria Palenque Milagrito/ Ambrosi I Etchegaray

Casa Cal/ BAAQ’

Escuela de Artes Visuales de Oaxaca/ Taller de Arquitectura Mauricio Rocha + Gabriella Carrillo

Centro Cultural Comunitario Teotitlan del Valle/ PRODUCTORA

Zicatela/ Taller de Arquitectura X/ Alberto Kalach

Centro Académico y Cultural San Pablo/ Mauricio Rocha + Gabriella Carrillo

Casa Wabi/ Tadao Ando Architect and Associates

Escondido/ Taller de Arquitectura X/ Alberto Kalach

Sport City Oaxaca/ Rootstudio + Arquitectos Artesanos

Source: Arch Daily

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