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Brief Published: 19 Jul 2011

M.N.ROY, Mexico City


Adding a sense of mystique to its exclusive reputation, the stunning design of the M.N.ROY private nightclub in Mexico City is hidden away behind an unassuming, run-down terraced house.

Designed by Franco-Mexican artist Emmanuel Picault and French architect Ludwig Godefroy, M.N.ROY is situated in the trendy Roma district of the city in the former home of the founder of the Mexican communist party, Manabendra Nath Roy – hence the name of the club.

Creating a deliberate paradox with the club’s sleek interiors, the exterior of the house has been left untouched, complete with peeling paintwork and scrawled graffiti. In contrast, an eclectic mix of cultural and historical inspirations, such as the geometry of Mayan pyramids, create a pleasantly eccentric ambience inside.

Surfaces are extremely tactile: rough timber blocks contrast with shiny copper tiles on the walls, while the furniture comes in a mix of wood, stone and leather. From clean black-and-white shapes in the toilets to natural materials and a rustic colour palette in the main bar area, M.N.ROY is a thoroughly decorative design melting pot.

Emmanuel Picault

Ludwig Godefroy