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This Visually Arresting Modernist Villa Is Illuminated At Night

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In the affluent neighborhood of Bosques de las Lomas in Mexico City, architecture firm Taller Aragonés has designed ‘Rombo IV’: a spacious, all-white Modernist home characterized by its impressive geometric forms and open plan layout.

Rombo, meaning rhombus in English, refers to the diamond-shaped design of the house. As its name implies, ‘Rombo IV’ is the fourth in a series of similar private properties, designed by Miguel Angel Aragonés, director of the firm. Its asymmetric floor plan is defined by a series of angular shapes and volumes: walls with cut-outs, pillars, and double-height glass windows all frame the three storey residence. On the ground floor, communal spaces merge around a long, catwalk-inspired water feature; its reflective surface bouncing light and shadow throughout the space. On the first floor, the master bedroom cantilevers out over the triangular-shaped courtyard, where sphere-shaped sculptures are dotted across the pavement. Undoubtedly, the most striking and unique feature of ‘Rombo IV’ is its night-time transformation: brilliantly-colored neon lights illuminate the property in a manner reminiscent of James Turrell’s immersive artworks. The changing color schemes—blues, oranges, pinks, and reds—impart a change in ambience depending on the mood of the room. Taller Aragonés is known for designing minimal, Modernist villas that are, in a way, blank canvases for visually arresting light installations.

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All images © Joe Fletcher