Pérez Palacios Arquitectos Asociados imbues a serene Mexico City guesthouse with texture and flair

Inner-City Refresher

Octavia Casa is set on a well-trod alleyway in Mexico City’s swanky La Condesa neighborhood. The 1,115-square-foot guesthouse features semioutdoor lounges, five distinctly styled suites, a side garden, and a roof terrace within discrete voids distributed throughout the compact property. Mexico City–based firm Pérez Palacios Arquitectos Asociados (PPAA) developed this oasis as an extension of the Octavia clothing brand, and, in turn, the project helps solidify the brand’s aesthetic.

(Luis Young) 

PPAA opted for a pared-down earth-tone scheme that makes subtle architectonic articulations, nuanced flourishes, and textured finishes the stars of the show. Wooden lattice screens filter natural light, helping to keep the interiors cool while projecting shadow patterns in different hues across patinated walls and ceilings.

Bedding from Octavia’s homeware collection is used in the guest rooms along with oak furnishings by PUR Studio. The walls feature Comex’s Texturi Museum color. (Maureen Evans)

While offering visitors a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of one of the world’s most populous cities, the building also opens up to its surroundings. Large sliding doors create a seamless transition between the entrance patio and the sidewalk. “The neighborhood has a strong urban character,” said PPAA coprincipal Pablo Pérez Palacios. “Octavia Casa responds to this condition by adding itself to the urban fabric.”

Header image: (Luis Garvan)