In that sense, Casa Terracota is the symbol of Octavio Mendoza Morales’ life project: a construction project that, relying on the four elements (earth, air, water and fire), turns earth into habitable architecture. When applied, such elements also produce functional objects that originate from the house’s cooking process, which are transformed into useful pieces of pottery that can be used as part of its resident’s daily life.
Casa Terracota is an endless project, due to the endless possibilities offered by the creative processes that take place there. There is always something new to offer.
Casa Terracota is a space for architectural and artistic experimentation. Alternative proposals surge–both for the use and decoration of spaces–all friendly with the environment.
The structure collects and promotes the practice of different arts and crafts, as languages and life paths of all human beings. Through time, Casa Terracota has become a venue for workshops and/or private visits; a place where the lessons shared include what Mendoza Morales has learned from this process that by now has taken him twenty years.
Casa Terracota’s story comes from the Architect’s childhood. Since boyhood, Octavio Mendoza Morales saw how the earth was converted into various construction systems, such as “tapia pisada” (rammed earth), adobe, bahareque, bricks or blocks. Years later, as a professional, he noticed how the cities were built by millions of baked bricks, how the consumption chains forced to acquire that raw material at high prices, and how the final design that was given to that material, restricted the use and life that took place within such spaces.
After reflecting on these issues for several years, Mendoza Morales concluded that other ways of relating to spaces and the materials used to build them should exist; if not, then it was his call to create them. Therefore, he consequently decided to give a spin to those techniques by using the earth element in order to create, build and produce everything necessary to live in–achieving not only protection and a place for rest, but also various types of recreation.