Architectural Project, Interiors, Landscape and Lighting design: Pascal Arquitectos.
Construction: Arch. Rafael Salame.
Area: 2,882.00 sq ft.
Location: Bosques de las Lomas, Mexico City.
Photography: Víctor Benítez.
A project of this nature must encourage introspection and peaceful visual harmony through a discrete use of materials and lighting, for this we referred to ancient buildings that were designed for this purpose, as the Egyptian “Mastabas” or some Mayan buildings in Palenque.
The construction is located in a residential area and planned as an isolated construction from its surroundings, an indoor illuminated yard was built. The building façade is completely covered by Grissal flamed granite. The building welcomes de visitor with a 6´4” wide and 30´ high triangular shaped wooden door which leads to an access tunnel in the same shape, creating a solemn atmosphere as you enter. This darkening experience at the entrance ends when the hallway opens to a large, double height granite hall illuminated by the northern light coming from the indoor courtyard with a tall Dracaena at the center and a symbolical abstract sculpture by artist Saul Kaminer as the only artwork piece for decoration.
No furniture was used inside this place, only a floating bench surrounding the room made out of the same wood used in the entire building. It also serves to hide all of the air conditioning, speakers and recessed lighting which adds a dramatical touch. The ceiling is made of dark cumaru wood and floats without touching any wall and a skylight puts a highlight on this detail.