There are lots of absolutely amazing homes in the world, and their number is growing rapidly. Some of them can even be booked via Airbnb. But none of them compares to Nido de Quetzalcoatl in Mexico, the house designed by the architect Javier Senosiain.
Javier Senosiain is a proponent of organic architecture. He is convinced that houses should perfectly blend in the natural environment. He chose a 54,000 sq ft empty lot in the north of Mexico City to build his brainchild.
The topography of the site was an architect's nightmare. There were ravines, hills, rocks, and even natural caves.
But Senosian did an excellent job to build the complex as well as make minimal impact on the environment.
The starting point of the Quetzalcoatl's Nest project was a 165 x 20 foot natural cave.
"One day I thought that the cave resembled a snake's head with its mouth open. We created a model and noticed that it did resemble a wriggling snake, which seemed to "dive" in and out of the ground. We added a tail and named it Quetzalcoatl, after the ancient Aztec deity, the feathered serpent.
One who first enters the grounds of Senosian's complex might think it is an abstract playground or a fairy tale setting. The architect used psychedelic colors to give the structure the craziest bright look possible.
Shades of blue, green, purple and orange shimmer and make the casual visitor's head spin. But at the same time, the building isn't gaudy or tiring to the eye.
The "feathered serpent's" nest looks more restrained inside. The interiors of the complex's 10 apartments are dominated by white and beige.
One of the apartments the owner now rents out via the international service Airbnb. This apartment for eight guests boasts five bedrooms, four bathrooms, living room, open plan kitchen and laundry room.
Guests also get full access to the garden of the apartment complex. Senosian has decorated it with psychedelic sculptures in the style of the house.
The park is closed to the public and is only accessible to the residents of The Nest. The price for the experience of living in the most unusual house of Mexico, and perhaps of the world, is quite reasonable. A room costs $200 per night.
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