Even though I have been back in Austin for almost a month now, the days have been filled with enough bustle that I haven't had much time to reflect on my recent and most magical stay in Mexico City. Today, little pangs of homesickness for my DF departamentito filled me up and I had to share some pictures with you all to help me remember that this place does exist and YES! I can always go back and visit it. Big shout out to Brad, who maintains this jewel of a penthouse and shares it with the world via AirBnb.
Here, let me give you a tour!
This juicy aqua colored apartment building sits pretty on a busy street in Roma Norte in the heart of Mexico City. Built mid-century and in the style of Art Deco, its creator the architect Francisco J. Serrano is probably best known for the stylish Edificio Basurto in Condesa, but a quick walkabout in Roma and its neighboring colonia Condesa, you'll notice that many of the best Art Deco buildings are his. An early work, the statuesque Edificio Jardines at the corner of Sonora and Amsterdam features multiple balconies, terraces and mini-lighthouses on top. The streamline house at the corner of Michoacán and Avenida Mexico looks like a set for a Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movie. Several of his houses have been altered or covered over with commercial signage or are hidden behind giant trees, but the curious traveler is certainly rewarded when they stumble across one.
Born in Mexico City in 1900, Serrano studied civil engineering and architecture at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM). He later taught there as a professor of civil engineering and architecture. The Serrano family has made further contributions to the built environment through his son, Francisco Serrano Cacho whose work includes the second terminal at the city's Benito Juarez airport.
But back to my little home away this summer. Written out in wrought iron above the apartment building's central entrance reads Edificio Anahuac—the ancient Aztec term meaning "Land Between the Waters".
Rambling up a side staircase, you'll find a penthouse with the most spectacular view and the most miniature e accommodations s I've ever come to love. Perched isolated from the rest of the apartments in Anahuac, my AirBnb host has renovated the apartment in Mid-Century Mexican decor. I basically wanted everything and had to hide my absolute glee when Brad gave me the tour. It being mini, it lasted about 10 minutes before he popped out and I started jumping for joy!
I came to Mexico to create for myself a mini studio away from my regular day-to-day vices. I wanted to create a space where my focus was uninterrupted and where I was hoping little shifts of consciousness could occur in my practice. After a few days of panic due to the utter quiet isolation, I carved out a working space and set up a routine. Mornings sipping coffee and eating fresh melon, dancing myself awake and then settling in for several hours at my work table, allowing myself a time of day to call it quits so I could venture out the apartment to enjoy a meal and a walk in the nearby plaze. Remembering it now seems like it was a dream, but it was real and I have 20 brand new works to recall the record of my time there.
Until next time, goodbye to my little penthouse puppy friends, goodbye to sleepy mornings bathed in that golden glow of DF and hasta la vista, Edificio Anahuac!