In the 40s, at Colonia Condesa in Mexico City, the first Roxy ice cream parlor was born. The shop style was inspired in the architecture of the emblematic Roxy cinema theater and the Art Deco of that time. The desire of the family —owner of the business— was to bring back the soda-fountain style that, either for longing or curiosity, will spark some interest to visit it.

The biggest challenge was to reinvent the Historical Center branch, without losing the spirit of the original ice cream parlor to transform it with a contemporary ambiance. Being a family business, the work was done teaming up with its members and answering to their desires, managing to hold Roxy´s defining essence in an adventurous way.

The ice cream shop is located on Donceles street a privileged location that makes easy access from the most important down-town streets. The 60 sq. m intervention achieved a harmonic integration with the context creating the sensation that it has always been there.

The characteristic Art Deco linear forms were respected and used to unify the space. These forms are represented by metallic sills that communicate the cuts in the floor and the bar, going up the wall and ending in light boxes on the ceiling. Several accents with materials from the period were created, such as the terrazzo floor inked with the brand’s distinctive colors. All this without leaving aside all the functionality topics necessary for a soda-fountain to operate correctly.

An important element is the large photo wall that helps create a different environment inside of the ice cream parlor. It is a tradition to hang a photo of the grandparents, the founders of the business, in each shop and for this new one it was decided to pick up the concept with a printed photo mural with the image of the first shop at Condesa adapting it with cars and customs of the 40s time.

  • 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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