Mexican Architecture With An Oasis Of Light
Whoever thinks of Mexico often spontaneously thinks of the Aztecs and their top quality architecture. Several thousand years later there are still new architectural delights to be discovered in Mexico. No concrete temples, but rather transparent villas such as the Y-shaped home of the Grupo Volta firm of architects.
This residence had to meet the new requirements of a couple whose children had flown the nest. Where large glass windows allow natural light into the spaces, designer lamps such as the Tom Dixon Mirror Ball, the Flos Fucsia en the Louis Poulsen PH ensure that light plays a prominent role at all times.
Living room: Tom Dixon Mirror Ball
The living room of this Grupo Volta dwelling, built in 2012, is best described as spacious, elegant and stylish. Apart from the warm wooden floor and the sleek future, the Tom Dixon Mirror Balls were quite properly chosen as lighting. The British designer Tom Dixon got his inspiration for this lamp from NASA’s space helmets. The mirror effect of the pendant lamp was obtained by pouring a very thin layer of pure metal onto the polycarbonate sphere.
Dining room: Flos Fucsia
Just like in the living room no effort was spared to choose the right lighting for above the dining table. In the end, one of the creations of Achille Castiglioni was selected: the Flos Fucsia. The latter is characterised by an aluminium tube which supports the lamp and a glass bell jar draped around it like a transparent cloak. It is good to see that this way the glass stair rail, the glass display cases and the glass dining table enforce the glass touch in the lighting.
Pool room: Louis Poulsen PH
There is one particular space in the 468 square metre house which I am a bit jealous of: the room with the pool table. In order to avoid the queue from piercing the usually expensive felt in the encroaching darkness like a mole, two white Louis Poulsen PH pendant lamps are hovering above this table. The lamp was developed in the 1930s of last century by Poul Henningsen in response to the conventional lustre lamps. In the James Bond film ‘Quantum of Solace’ one of the scenes incidentally still featured the table lamp variant.
- Architects: Villalba + Medina (Grupo Volta)
- Pictures: Carlos Galarza
- Used lighting: Flos Fucsia, Tom Dixon Mirror Ball, Louis Poulsen PH
I suspect that the Aztecs would throw away their torches made of pine branches, the only means of light that was available at the time, if they had to choose the lighting for their temples nowadays. Perhaps they would also opt for a bit more glass in their dark temples …