Located in Mexico City‘s upscale neighbourhood of Polanco, the offices occupy the penthouse floor of 203 Masaryk.
Local firm Álvaro Hernández Félix Studio was tasked with renovating the 350-square-metre interior, which accommodates four private offices, an open-concept work area, three conference rooms and a kitchenette.
Visitors enter into the lobby directly from the elevator, in a space that the studio says has “a retro vibe” reminiscent of a “very mid-sixties modern Mexican style”.
“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, that make us travel to the past, without losing our awareness for the present,” the firm said.
One side leads to the private director’s office and an adjacent conference room, through massive golden doors that are meant to evoke a bank vault. These both face south, and enjoy access to a terrace that runs along the width of the building.
Dark wooden battens line the walls of the director’s suite and conference room, contrasting the light marble flooring that runs through the entire space.
At the opposite end of the lobby, a sliding glass door with a patterned surface leads to the main work area: an open-concept workspace for the majority of the company’s employees.
This area is bookended by three private offices to one side, and two conference rooms separated by an operable partition on the other.
These can be combined into a single space for larger meetings when needed.
Álvaro Hernández Félix Studio used lighter finishes here, including pale marble desks, along with more gold accents and plenty of plants. The studio took on the architectural scope, and also designed the furniture.
“Lighting achieves a cosy and domestic feel, ambient oriented but very punctual where it is needed, creating contrasts and shadows, because of the smart selection of materials and the visual effects that can be done with its textures,” the team explained.
Other office projects in Mexico City include a law firm by local architects Esrawe Studio that features stadium seating and a wall covered in the firm’s books, as well as Esrawe’s own offices, which are within a repurposed dancehall and were left with an “honest, industrial aesthetic”.
The photography is by Onnis Luque.
Design team: Álvaro Hernández Félix, Pedro Sánchez Morales
Furniture design: Álvaro H Félix Studio