MACUIL TOCHTLI PROJECTJALISCO, MEXICO
Jalisco State in Central Mexico, where haciendas are traditionally involved in the making of Mexicos national drink: tequila. The blue agave producing region is now on the list of protected sites by the UNESCO offers the terroir and also offers the best cultural breeding ground for an exceptional project.
The Hacienda, an institution intimately linked to Mexicos past takes a leap forward into the future. Under the Macuil-tochtli banner, this new interpretation of the typology is grounded in its cultural roots. Simple architectural programs receive the influence of foreign models and are transformed in the search of a new interpretation.
The North-South axis lends itself perfectly to provide production spaces with the right amount of light and warmth necessary for all seasons.
The Macuil-tochtli Hacienda honours a space that was traditionally allocated for centuries for mezcal production and makes it the focal point of the building. Within the compounds South wing the living quarters for nuns, the chapel, the offices, workshops, the museum and the conference and training rooms are grouped.
It reflects a perfect mix of elements, ancient yet new, a worship place and a working place, a wasteless building that incorporates itself seamlessly into the native fabric, the natural and the cultural matrix of that particular place in Mexico.