When dusk descends on Mexico City, an all-white house takes on a surreal new atmosphere as an alchemy of LEDs bathes the interior in vibrant colors. The dreamlike abode is the work of Miguel Angel Aragonés, a self-taught architect of the Mexican design studio Taller Aragonés, and one of four structures on his property—three houses and a studio—collectively called Los Rombos after their rhomboid shape.
Dubbed Rombo IV, the three-story house is clad in white stucco with interiors dressed in white marble and travertine to create a white canvas for light and shadow.
During the day, the walls reflect variations in sunlight and sky color. At night, the interiors are saturated in vibrant LED hues evocative of a Mexican sunset. Black reflecting pools add a dreamlike mirror effect.
Defined by crisp, orthogonal lines and geometric furnishings, the minimalist home feels like a walk-in art installation. Aragonés has opened the house up as a rental property for individuals looking for a unique getaway or brands wanting an experimental events venue.
"I always try do very orthogonal designs, nothing organic because architecture to me is opposite from nature," says Aragonés. "To use organic shapes or natural forms…it seems like imitating something that architecture doesn’t have the language for. I respect the attempt, but for me it doesn’t make sense. I enjoy working with orthogonal spaces and including organic forms with real elements like trees, plants, and water."
To that end, the walls of glass open the home up to lush vegetation and sky views. Water is found throughout the home, from reflecting pools on the bottom two floors to a swimming pool on the topmost floor.
"I suppose the dynamic is for people involved in art and architecture…and as a kind of hotel-house," Aragonés explains. "It has been a refuge in this huge and crazy but funny place called México City."
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Builder/ General Contractor: Taller Aragonés and Jose Torres
Structural Engineer: Jose Nolasco
Landscape Design Company: Taller Aragonés
Lighting Design: Taller Aragonés / Ilumileds
Interior Design: Taller Aragonés / Poliform
Sound Engineer: Taller Aragonés / B&O
Cabinetry Design/ Installation: Taller Aragonés / Poliform
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