Apartment in Mexico City transformed by Archetonic

This spectacular Mexico City apartment is a truly transformable space, an intricate assemblage of sliding walls, movable partitions and blinds. Archetonic Architects, founded by Jacobo Micha Mizrahi in 1991, and comprising Alan Micha Balas and Jaime Micha Balas, set out to transform this generous double-height apartment into a place of endless opportunity.

Cinema Room in Llano Apartment, Mexico City, by Archetonic

The cinema hall. The wooden box contains the main bathroom, with a study above

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Creation of the Mexico City apartment

“We sought to take advantage of the double-height space, inserting maximum natural light and infusing the interior with the exterior environment through large windows,” explain the architects.

Cinema room with dark marble floor and light wood in Llano Apartment, Mexico City, by Archetonic

The dark marble floor contrasts with the light woodwork

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The rectangular plan is bisected by a long hallway running the length of the space. At one end, living room and dining room, at the other, a pair of en-suite bedrooms. A guest bedroom is nestled in a marble-covered box in the center of the space, with folding wooden walls on the upper level that fold aside to open up the space when no one is in residence.

Bedroom with large windows in Llano Apartment, Mexico City, by Archetonic

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It is these mid-height elements that give the apartment its dynamic character. Dark marble walls are paired with an upper level clad in light wood. “The design invites us to decipher light and space, volume and emptiness”, specify the architects.

“The limits are composed by the duality between the absence and the presence of bodies at mid-height that generate attics and the possibility of using another plan of the apartment.”

Llano apartment hallway with marble and wood surfaces and low lighting

Looking down the central hallway

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Not all of these spaces are accessible; some are just voids that cling to them to create a generous sense of space.

Above the kitchen is a utility room and a bathroom, while two of the downstairs bathrooms are topped with storage. The master bathroom has a hidden study area above, accessible from a ladder and covered in light diffusing mirrors.

Modern kitchen in an apartment in Mexico City

The kitchen adjoins the dining room

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The rest of the space can be opened or closed by a series of large wooden sliding doors, with lighting cleverly hidden in the joints and junctions between the materials, the backlight planes and the wash light on the surfaces.

Two sides of the plan are fully glazed, with a secluded surrounding garden providing a backdrop of greenery against the material palette.

Mexico City apartment interior with marble dividing walls

Bedroom walls can be opened when bedroom is not in use

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The exacting requirements also extended to furniture and storage, much of which was custom-made for the space.

The architects describe the completed project, which covers 322 square meters, as a “compelling and pure space in which materiality, light and nature were the protagonists”.

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