A strage mix that works really well, REC architects´office block in Mexico is a modernist building with a twist. Mixing traditional biodegradable materials with sharp glass and steel, the international group of architects has created a cool way to give shade. Parts of the glass facade have been covered with petate, a biodegradable dried plants material that is commonly used on roofs.
The petate surfaces provide the building with some very welcome shades that ease the hot Mexican summers while letting hot air escape, avoiding the need for air conditioners. Cute round windows have been places in between the petate leaves, reminding people inside of the strange beautiful facade. This great example of sustainable architecture reminds us that sometimes is not about using the most innovative or latest materials but instead, its all about common sense.