Casa Ballena Art Center in San José del CaboRIMA Design Group
- Typologies Cultural center Culture / Leisure
- Material Rammed earth
- Date 2019
- City San José del Cabo
- Country Mexico
- Photographer Rafael Gamo Rory Gardiner
San José del Cabo belongs to the municipality of Los Cabos, in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur. It has a desert landscape, with a large variety of cacti, that strikes a contrast with the sea close by. Taking advantage of the topography of the place, the local firm RIMA – headed by Gerry Rivero and Maritere Rivero – came up with a design that emanated from the excavation and earthmoving carried out, playing with different heights to optimize views of the surroundings. With a built area of 650 square meters, the complex was built with walls of rammed earth and features three workshops, an exhibition gallery, multipurpose patios, and an administrative area. The volumes are oriented in accordance with their functions: the workshops face north, while the administrative area and the future accommodations for artists look southward. Crowned with a botanical garden that serves as a lookout point, the gallery receives overhead lighting. Given the geometry of the roof, the skylights ensure optimal diffusion of light for the artworks on display. The typography and painting workshops have the same orientation as the gallery, enabling artists to work in the same light in which their creations will be exhibited.