“We wanted to create a place with no clear system; the houses are located chaotically, each following its own colourful path. This concept community is free from prejudice. There’s no place for racism, sexism or humiliation. The Sonora Art Village is what we lack in reality.” Moscow-based design duo Mary & Davit Jilavyan spent lockdown developing an imaginary neighbourhood in Mexico, constructing a rainbow village through three- dimensional visualisation. Bold, geometric buildings are scattered amongst rippling swimming pools, bulbous cacti and arid desert. Block façades are rendered in lemon yellow, vivid orange, mint green and pastel pink, whilst staircases, walkways, planters and bridges cut across the land in seeming disarray. Meanwhile, semi-circular arches and passageways create a variety of textures and layers, hinting towards the architecture of Luis Barragán and Ricardo Bofill.
Lead Image: Mary & Davit Jilavyan, from the series Sonora Art Village.
1 – 9: Mary & Davit Jilavyan, from the series Sonora Art Village