Amongst the crisp blue and white structure of Casa Mi Ojo, there were many weathered architectural elements. The colors and textures of these elements made the house feel more connected with nature, and therefore more interesting and relaxed. The most distinctive natural features were the grand, irregular pillars which supported the large palapas that sheltered the living and dining space at Mi Ojo.
The Natural Layer
These beautiful supports are a combination of two trees. As a palm tree grows, an Amater Tree (also known as a Strangler Fig) begins growing on the top of the palm, the seeds are sown and fertilized by local birds.
The ariel roots of the fig begin growing down around the trunk of the palm, wrapping and twinning as they grow.
Notice how the speakers, light fixtures and any cords in the home were all wrapped in burlap or thick twine so they blended in with all of the natural materials.
This lovely palapa, made of palm fronds and supported with these unusual, natural columns was a wonderful place to share our meals and linger.