Condesa, Mexico city, Mexico
Photography: Jaime Navarro
The architecture studio MANADA designed and produced the new lobby for Qi Urban, a wellness center located in the fashion and art district Condesa, in Mexico City. Its aim was to bring balance and harmony to the space, thus welcoming visitors into a balanced state of mind right from the entrance.
The reception area was placed to the center of the lobby, and thoughtfully surrounded with other functional areas. The hair salon occupies a second open level, separated only by glass to keep it integrated to the space. The open kitchen bar sits on a wooden deck which makes the customers feel at home through its design, installation and function.
The interiors were manufactured by Mexico City-based studio LAINVENCIBLE.ORG. Both furniture and walls are made of solid American oak reclaimed from a flooring company and assembled in 1½-inch strips. Each piece of the main furniture was plotted on the wood scraps to maximize production, with each wood strip painted individually in different colors and then built on site. The main pieces are made of solid ash, also assembled in 1½-inch strips. The wooden deck opens to the front facade, which turns the space into a semi open terrace, thus blending the limits of internal and external space. Natural light, balanced colors—consisting of natural wood and earthly tones—the orientation and functionality of the space helped reach a new level of connection and communication with the center’s customers, while enabling the harmonious flow of energy through the lobby and interconnection with its inner areas.