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.