This Mexico City concept store materialises light

A concept store located on the second floor of an enigmatic Porfirian house in Mexico City benefits from a material-emphasising lighting concept from Mexican studio Sombra.

Although now a multi-use space, the house itself within which the store is housed has a great historical and architectural heritage. Architects Rodrigo García Lastra wanted to preserve the historical details that give such an interesting value to the space, such as the ceiling furnishings, the stained glass and the columns. In order to give the store a contemporary feeling in a harmonious matter, the space is embraced by a layer of pink terrazzo from floor to walls. The hardened teeth surface on the walls creates a sense of movement, materiality and continuity.  

Right at the center, a series of shelves made of resin and brass illuminate the tennis shoes and backpacks.  The shelves are luminaires in themselves. They emit light towards the products and the space, they create glow and reflections, they create spaces within a space.    

One of the objectives of this project was to show how the light interacts with different materials, how this interaction of light, material and space creates different emotions and atmospheres as it creates a whole.

“The fixtures are rooted to the architectural intentions, all the light comes from different angles using only linear lighting aiming to enhance the beautiful terrazzo, the products, and the history of the space,” comments Sombra’s Paola Jose. “Zenithal lighting was not used for this project. Instead we wanted to give a different use to the resin, and show the beautiful interaction it has with light.”

  • Project: AMY
  • Location: Mexico City
  • Type: Retail Lighting
  • Status: Completed in 2019
  • Lighting Design: Sombra
  • Architect: Rodrigo García Lastra
  • Photography: Héctor López


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