Sunset Facade by Alfonso Sandoval in Mexico City, Mexico

This building designed by the famous architect Javier Sordo Madaleno is located right in the heart of Mexico City’s recently called “Design District” down on Paseo de las Palmas. Its facade made out of Corten Steel, reveals a beautiful weathered look. When the sun is setting the whole building facade turns into a canvas that gets painted by the colors of the sunset, a beautiful and unexpected view in such an urban area.

Name:Alfonso Sandoval

Industrial Designer


Coffee-addict, interior designer, urban explorer and food junkie.

Tell us about Mexico City:

Colonia Juarez in Mexico City is one of the oldest neighborhoods in one of the world’s largest cities. It’s filled with 19th century buildings, most of them designed and built by italian and french architects, some late art-deco buildings with strong influences from ancient mexican architecture and also modern and contemporary spaces. It’s quickly becoming the most hip neighborhood in the city with tons of new bars and restaurants opening in the area.

A perfect day?

Walking to my favorite coffee shop through Colonia Roma, then riding a bike to a city spot where I can take pictures and just enjoy the view.

What is the best thing about Mexico City?

It’s surrounded by the city’s best furniture and design shops, you can walk around the area and see some great buildings and furniture from the best brands and designers.

What is the worst?

Traffic will always be terrible at any time, so it’s better if you come by public transportation or walking.

What would be surprising about Mexico City to an outsider?

Hop around the Paseo de las Palmas design route (you can see at least 5 design shops in less than 10 blocks.)

If Mexico City was a person or character who would it be?

Charlie Chaplin, one who can be serious and inspirational and hilarious and fun.

Who are three of your favorite artists?

Emmanuel Lubezki, Tame Impala, Sotomayor


Name:Alfonso Sandoval

City:Mexico City

Favorite place to eat:

Mog Bistro

Favorite place to drink:

Cardinal Casa de Café, in Roma Norte

Favorite shop:

Design Within Reach

Local Tip:

Search for the hashtag #guiadearquitecturacdmx in instagram and find about awesome architecture spots in the city.

Must Do:

You can’t afford not to walk around downtown on a weekend, you’ll see tons of bizarre cultural mashups.