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Casa Tiny, a house inspired by the writings of H.D.Thoreau
For her first completed project, Aranza de Ariño, a 27-year-old Mexican architect, has created a single-room vacation house surrounded by hills and surf.
With a footprint of just 26 square metres, Casa Tiny may be small, but it comes with a big attitude. Its designer is 27-year-old de Ariño, who has dubbed her first completed project “A Walden for Two” in a poetic nod to the simple living endorsed by literary hero Henry David Thoreau, who famously built himself a cabin on a wooded lot near Walden Pond. Set some distance off the main road along Mexico’s Oaxacan coast, de Ariño’s guest house is hidden, like Thoreau’s cabin, amidst dense vegetation; even its gabled roof recalls the American writer’s modest getaway.
Casa Tiny is reached via a winding footpath and entered by a side door opposite a small dipping pool. The house offers stunning views of the hills in the distance, and while the ocean is not visible, it is close enough to be heard.
Sturdily built from all-in-one, cast-in-situ concrete, it is not your average beach shack. De Ariño earned the commission while still a student. In fact, she still is a student, now embarking on a master’s degree in urban studies at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. The owner of the house, Claudio Sodi, is the younger brother of artist Bosco Sodi, who founded the nearby Casa Wabi Foundation, a multidisciplinary art centre designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando. Since opening in 2014, Ando’s masterful structure has helped put the surf town of Puerto Escondido on the map as an exotic cultural destination. .
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