Depto. Condesa

Mexico City, Mexico 2016

Casa Condesa is a private residence project in Puebla, Mexico, where the materiality of the concrete is the protagonist and the lighting design is meant to be seen. The majesty of the architecture, practically monastic, where books are the protagonist, provided the tools to experiment and generate bold and forceful concepts.

The intention was to achieve a pleasant non-invasive light that went through the house accompanying the forceful materiality. But at the same time, to be noble and warm on the visible concrete. Therefore, we chose to work with indirect and warm light, where the source of light could never be discovered. We designed a linear metal element that could be part of the house in a friendly, close, essential way. Emulating concrete surfaces that dialogue with metal lines.

The technology used were 2700ºK warm LED strips with opalescent diffusers and aluminum profiles located in custom linear elements specially made for this project. The resulting products is different from the ordinary. It’s comfortable, functional and puts in value a minimalist architecture where the concrete, in symphony with the books, become the center stage in the house.

Client: Private
Architect: Miquel Adria + Ambrosi | Etchegaray
Awards: Special Mention, Premios Iluminet 2018
Photo: ©Yaatzil Ceballos