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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Mourning House in Bosques de las Lomas, Mexico City by Pascal Arquitectos

August 17th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Pascal Arquitectos

This is a project with very strong emotional implications. We had to understand the mood of the user, who at such this moment would not care very much for an aesthetical analisis of any place, but at the same time we wanted to create a space that can create a spritual mood, for this we refered to ancient buidings that were designed for this purpose, as the Egiptian “Mastabas” or some Mayan buildings in Palenque.

Main Facade (Images Courtesy Víctor Benítez)

  • Architect: Pascal Arquitectos – Carlos Pascal & Gerard Pascal
  • Name of Project: Mourning House
  • Location: Bosques de las Lomas, Mexico City
  • Construction: Arch. Rafael Salame
  • Project Date: 2006
  • Area: 262 m2
  • Photographer: Víctor Benítez
  • Software used: AutoCAD and hand drawings.

A project of this nature must encourage introspection and peaceful visual harmony through a discrete use of materials and lighting. The construction is located in a residential area and being planned as an isolated construction from the sorroundings, an indoor illuminated yard was built. The building façade is completely covered by Grissal flamed granite.

Main Entrance detail (Images Courtesy Víctor Benítez)

The building welcomes de visitor with a 6´4” wide and 30´ high triangular shaped wooden door which leads to an access tunnel in the same shape, creating a solemn  atmosphere as you enter. This darkening experience at the entrance ends when the hallway opens to a large, double height granite hall illuminated by the northern light coming from the indoor courtyard with a tall Dracaena at the center and a symbolical abstract sculpture by artist Saul Kaminer as the only artwork piece for decoration.

Hall Access View (Images Courtesy Víctor Benítez)

No furniture was used inside this place,only a floating bench surrounding the room, that is made out of the same wood used in all the building. It also serves to hide all of the  air conditioning, speakers and recesed lighting which adds a dramatical touch. This way the rooms shows no added ornament but the light and shades playing on the granite volumes.The ceiling is made of dark cumaru wood and floats without touching any wall and a skylight puts a highlight on this detail.


Hall Access View (Images Courtesy Víctor Benítez)

Double height granite hall detail (Images Courtesy Víctor Benítez)

Hall Access detail (Images Courtesy Víctor Benítez)

Indoor yard view (Images Courtesy Víctor Benítez)

Indoor yard view (Images Courtesy Víctor Benítez)

Facade view (Images Courtesy Víctor Benítez)

Kaminer sculpture (Images Courtesy Víctor Benítez)

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