Photo credit: Jaime Navarro
Location: Antigua Santa FE, Mexico City
Design: Alejandro de la Vega Zulueta
Commissioned Artwork: Alejandro de la Vega (adelavega)
A home is an intimate space that surpass its limitations as mere real estate. Such was the case in Santa Fe, Mexico City, where architect Alejandro de la Vega Zulueta was instructed to administer his attention to detail to the interior design of a high-rise apartment. The urban district of Santa Fe contains Mexico City’s greatest concentration of residential and corporate high-rises, with an aesthetic concept that has been given justly to both. However, the residential complex of Antigua, situated in one of the district’s hills, is an anomaly to that rule, with ample green spaces and walking trails, and its use of terracotta and ochre, against backdrops of blue and ‘Mexican pink’. This encounter of elements is relevant when putting Santa Fe into context as a district giving the possibility to build a new concept, and a new architectural language, for Mexico City.
Designed and built by Ricardo Legorreta in the 1990s, Antigua offers the dual commitment of both a residential and a commercial area, with an extraordinary fusion of urban vibe and suburban quality of life. These contrasts extend from the complex’s lush gardens to the building’s fuchsia-walled hallways, offering a warm welcome while also highlighting the space. Continuing into the building, textures, colours, and furnishings add a warm ambiance, reminiscent of a Nordic-style home.