Encino Negro Apartment

An elegant dark apartment for sharing with friends and family Mexico City / Mexico / 2021

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Encino Negro Apartment from dıreccıon — Mariana Morales’ architecture and design firm, is an interior design project for a family of five. The programme for this two story penthouse on a 21st floor included various living areas to accommodate the frequent guest visits that each family entertains.


Before remodeling the condo felt cold and empty, it had finishes of red tzalam wood and gold Tepeji marble on bare white walls, and there was a lack of privacy and independence between the different living areas. In the new layout, private and common areas are markedly separate and independent from each other, and the use of a darker palette of materials and colors accentuates the new found cozy and intimate charm of each space. The walls were painted gray, European oak flooring and Holm oak doors and shelving were installed. The new design achieved a balanced integration between the family’s play and rest spaces, each one inviting its occupants to simply... be. The change in hues helped the scale of the space become more introspective. The overall atmosphere became welcoming with a balanced sense of spaciousness and restraint.


The penthouse offers a breathtaking view of the city, which can be enjoyed from every corner of the condo. The first floor is where the common area and kitchen are located. The living and dining room sit by a large window that shower the shared space with natural light. A wood panelled wall hides the access to the private area — a family room and three ensuites, each with a walk-in closet. On the second floor a large entertainment area offers a TV room, bar, additional dining room, game room and gym.


Mindful of the balance of each space, many of the furnishing and decorative pieces were especially designed and crafted: sofas, coffee tables, bookshelves, desks, beds, night tables and vanities. The ping pong table and football set were custom made to blend in with the rest of the elements, and the dining room can convert into three domino tables. dıreccıon also selected lighting fixtures, artwork and textiles. Fabric of choice was linen for its natural essence attuned with the neutral color palette and materials used for this setting.


These natural fabrics were intended to highlight the warmth and appeal of each space. Interior plants were selected in collaboration with Carla Hernandez from Dealer de Plantas and, by combining plants of different heights and species, created lush and diverse configurations.


Every material and texture was carefully chosen for their natural feel: wood, stone, linen... Neutral colors in peaceful harmony create a slate in which to highlight, through art and personal affects, the unique character of the family. Encino Negro Apartment displays works by Miguel Castro Leñero, Raúl de la Cerda, Daniel Alcalá and Daniela González. Mariana Morales recommended these artists and accompanied the client through the careful process of selection and acquisition of each piece.


The purpose attained with the design proposition by dıreccıon was an elegant and welcoming place where dark shades underpin the sense of intimacy and comfort. 


 


Interiors: dıreccıon | arquitectura + interiores, studio owned by Mariana Morales


Collaborators: Diego Hernández, Ana Pidal


 


Construction: JM Construcciones


Furniture: dıreccıon | arquitectura + interiores and Habitación 116


Millwork: Atelier PMD


 


Photography: Fabian Martínez

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    Encino Negro Apartment from dıreccıon — Mariana Morales’ architecture and design firm, is an interior design project for a family of five. The programme for this two story penthouse on a 21st floor included various living areas to accommodate the frequent guest visits that each family entertains. Before remodeling the condo felt cold and empty, it had finishes of red tzalam wood and gold Tepeji marble on bare white walls, and there was a lack of privacy and independence between the...

    Project details
    • Year 2021
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Apartments / Single-family residence / Interior Design / Custom Furniture / Lofts/Penthouses / Furniture design
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