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Isabel Building
Attractions of Mexico City

Address: Revolución Avenue on the corner with Martí
Area:
Tacubaya, near Colonia Condesa and San Miguel Chapultepec
Metro: Tacubaya

An architecture that integrates city and spaces for life - not only for the satisfaction of fundamental needs - the Isabel Building, a work of complete expressiveness and care for detail, is already considered a classic landmark of the city.

The building was commissioned by the Mier y Pesado Foundation in the late 1920's so as to obtain, through the renting out of appartments, some funding for the Foundation's charitable works. The project was entrusted to architect Juan Segura, who was also in charge of the Ermita Building.

The Isabel Building is actually a complex made up of appartment buildings in the front, facing Revolución Avenue, and two-story houses in the interior; the front of the building relates to its context's street level through shops on the ground floor which service the whole area. 

On the outside the creative liberty of the architect is noticeable; different materials, textures, geometric strips which end in merlons covered in tiles, arches that frame views and pergolas that shade aged terraces.

To enter this building is to be submerged in a whole experience of space, filled with variations of light, shadow and darkness, which turn the exploration into a delight; from the begining, the ample round arch archivolt doors slowly lead us, first, to a four-story high patio, then through a tunnel ending in a carefully grown garden which serves as vestibule to the modest and dignified beauty of the complex's two-story houses. Even the appartments, with patios that pierce through and illuminate the buildings, invite us to prolong our stay in these rooms, where light and care remind us of the good life, of how pleasant life can be in this city, in this architecture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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