A reorganization of the program of this apartment was done to make the most of the double height and large window of the living dining room and changing the second one to another area to have a more ample entertaining space. The great wall that marks the entrance was left in white and four pieces of the ancient lattice of the perimeter wall of the former UDLA in Mexico City — very close by— were hanged on it. The geometry of the pieces, the grand window and the staircase take advantage of the space and welcome into a more intimate area filled with texture and color where the sitting area was located made of a careful selection of lounge chairs and original pieces.

The first level ends with the kitchen a very large space that opens into a terrace that has a very strong personality thanks to the lush vegetation. Another change in the program was to locate the dining room inside the kitchen with a light division done by wood strips and wool threads that resemble a loom. The service door was covered with a curtain to make the space warmer and emphasize its importance inside the space.

In the second level the private area is located. There is a small bedroom designated as TV room and is integrated to the double height through a floor to ceiling embrasure, that has in its interior a small bathroom finished with red Venetian tiles. To complement the joy of this space was a plastic curtain with large flowers in red, blue and yellow was hanged. The study and the master bedroom that face towards the back terrace, besides having separate entrances are connected by a shared bathroom. The study is also used for visits or any other purpose.

In the master bedroom the space was not too wide so the wall behind the bed and the bed board were upholstered with the same fabric to generate an integrated ambiance. The color palette and textures selected for the entire project are inspired in San Cristobal de las Casas a city that architect Velasco was visiting frequently during the time he was making this project. The result is a collection of environments where each space is a microcosms with unique personality.

  • Architect: German Velasco – German Velasco Arquitectos
  • Photographer: Jaime Navarro

Posted by German Velasco

He studied architecture at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. Once he finished his graduate studies he knew he needed to go deeper into the spaces, because at the university the projects were done to satisfy a function, without achieving the ultimate goal; to create full environments that take into account everything: materials, lighting and furniture, something that has always thrilled him. He then signed up for the Interior Design diploma course at the same university, and that is where he realized that interior design was also his passion. His vast experience in architecture and interior design has led him to thoroughly grow professionally. He has also been fortunate enough to collaborate in important projects such as the Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya, now the Blue Diamond Riviera Maya in Mexico’s Caribbean Coast as a member of architect Gilberto Borja’s team at Baia Group. Years later, as a partner of Muro Rojo Arquitectura, he participated in the development of many outstanding projects that have received important awards such as the Hotel Brick in Mexico City, restaurant Cumpanio in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato and Hotel Bö in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, just to mention a few. Today he is the director of his own firm: Germán Velasco Arquitectos, specialized in hotels, restaurants and residential architecture and interior design projects. For Germán and his team, each project is a new challenge in which they rewrite the rules by being: different, proposing and sometimes even irreverent.

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