Standard Gold

Area / 305 m2
Client / Grupo Epicentro
Architecture – Interior Design / em-estudio . Tónico Visual
Carpentry / Leonardo Cabrera
Electrical Systems / Miguel Ángel Márquez
Photography / Mara Sánchez Renero Labelle
Year / 2017

Standard Gold is a bar located in Colonia Lomas de Chapultepec, in Mexico City. The bar is on the ground floor of Palmas 555, an iconic building of the city, designed by the architect Juan Sordo Madaleno.

Palmas 555 is an office building that works mainly by day, reason why it can go unnoticed at night, but that’s when Standard Gold appears. The bar projects towards the street as a translucent cube made with vitroblock that changes color while showing the shadows of the people inside.

The entrance to the bar is through a pink door in the foyer of the building that leads to the lobby of the project. Golden curtains of thread divide the lobby from the bar: a sophisticated and cosmopolitan space inspired by the glamour of the 70s.

The interior design of the bar emerges from the combination of two tonalities, golden and pink. Pink leather booths, golden tables, walls covered in golden reflections, wooden floor, and hundreds of golden lamps hanging from the ceiling give the space an environment of celebration and glamour.

The bar counter is in the middle of the project, a pink marble volume that floats on light, against a back made with golden panels arranged like an accordion that reflects the glow of the bottles.

On one side of the bar is a room with translucent lighting, where pink and golden furniture are combined with vitroblock that changes color during the night; a luminous volume that connects the project with the city. On the other side of the bar is the DJ booth, a black mirror cube that floats inside a bottomless space of light that changes color with the music.

Hundreds of tubular golden lights are hanging throughout the space creating a wave shape, and glowing with the pace of the music; light points that unify and connect the environment. Golden panels that reflect the people and the light cover the walls to give an infinite feeling.

The access to the toilets is through a space without edges covered with pearl mosaics, giving a sensation of spatial continuity. This space has a bar to provide drinks to the people while waiting for the toilets or while washing the hands. The lobby of the women’s toilets is a room made of mirrors with infinite reflection.

Bar in the toilets

Infinite mirrors

Light Cube