A blend of materials that enhance each other and a skillful use of natural and artificial light: these are the ingredients of the project for an office designed by Álvaro Hernández Félix Studio that fully understands the client’s brand identity.
A striped wood wall and a crispy travertine marble floor, a very mid-sixties modern Mexican style, are the frame for the striped arched windows, that fill the room with natural light. The site, a 3800 sqr ft penthouse on Masaryk Avenue, in Polanco. The most important avenue in the most expensive neighborhood in Mexico City, famous for being the center of the city’s vanguard. The lobby full with a retro vibe, is the preamble for this space of contrasts. Metallic walls in a golden tone complement the scene, where a striped travertine marble desk, is framed by plants and crowned by three spheric lamps. On one side, two doors that resemble a bank vault, guard the principal office and the meeting room, both of dark striped wood walls, that contrast with the sharpness of the vein on the travertine marble floor and a terrace full of selected plants that work as a filter against the dynamism of the street below.
A striped glass door, on the other side, opens to the main work area, with a big carrara marble table at the center, where work is dedicated to the financial market, the ceiling supports a structure for six screens that broadcast financial news all day long. Three structural columns are topped by illuminated circular lamps, giving the sensation of being floating in the air. Behind these arches, on one side of this room, are three offices, each one with a desk made of a carrara marble top and a green lacquered metal base, that get lightened by a brass bar that floats over them. The project reenacts the aesthetics of the revival of the financial markets in Mexico. A proposal that reimagines objects, materials and formal details like marble, wood and metal; the principal elements of this proposal and light the catalyst.
Name: 203 MASARYK PH OFFICES
Location: POLANCO, MEXICO CITY
Design Team: ÁLVARO H. FÉLIX STUDIO
Furniture Design: ÁLVARO H. FÉLIX STUDIO
Photography: ONNIS LUQUE