IXUA – Palenque Village


Personal Info

Name: Lucila Aguilar

Nationality: Mexican

Institution / Company: Lucila Aguilar Arquitectos


Instagram: @lucilaarq

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lucilarq 


-FINALIST of Non Architecture Award Competition | Category: Urban


Ixua is a magical village that intertwines with the jungle at the foot of the Mayan Train tracks, the tourist route that connects the southeast of Mexico. The visitors, arriving in Palenque, suddenly find themselves in the first community built entirely out of bamboo. With its markets, restaurants and hotels, Ixua envelops travelers and inhabitants in the ancestral colors and flavors of the region. 


More than just an architectural project, Ixua is the seed of a scalable movement towards a more sustainable planet, which guarantees natural wealth, economic prosperity and social justice for current and future generations. Bamboo is central to this vision: it grows quickly, and in the process, it cleanses the water and fertilizes the soils. It regenerates after being harvested and continues to capture CO2 from the atmosphere. Its abundance in many different environments and the simplicity of its use in construction makes bamboo an accessible material.  


Ixua exposes to the world the structural and ecological value of bamboo, while nourishing the area with economic vitality. It harmonizes our enormous natural and cultural wealth with the desire for an inclusive Mexico that looks responsibly towards the future. 


Project Type: The project consists of an entire village made out of bamboo, among other things the village has hotels, hostels, houses, schools, a market, an amphitheater, a spiritual venue, work spaces for designers and artists, a watch tower and a commercial pathway.

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