Santo Domingo Plaza Refurbishment

Bollards and kiosks, designed for a main city square. 

Bridging history and contemporary

In urban areas an interesting challenge is often designing pieces which fit in well with both contemporary and historical elements. 

The Mexico City Historical Centre Trust commissioned Neko to design urban furniture for the renovation of an important downtown plaza. They asked us to design pieces to fit with both the contemporary vision of the metropolis, and the colonial-era buildings of the historical centre.

After talking to all the decision makers to get a sense of their vision,  we designed the angular ‘Santo Domingo’ bollards. These create an effective visual barrier between pedestrian and traffic areas. They are finished in dark grey powder-coated steel for maximum durability.

The magazine kiosk design is modern yet unobtrusive. We finished it in muted tones to fit perfectly with the beautiful colonial surroundings. We spoke with the sellers so that the final design would enable them to sell their products effectively.

This project was subject to approval by a very diverse board of decision makers. These included the Public Spaces Authority, the National Institute of Anthropology and History, and the priest of the local Church.