The Venerable Colonial Pila is Now Used as Decoration

The venerable colonial pila from La Antigua Guatemala finds a new use as decoration in fast food restaurant.

The venerable colonial pila from La Antigua Guatemala finds a new use as decoration in a fast food restaurant.

What’s a pila (pee-lah), I hear you ask? simple, the omnipresent pila guatemalteca is basically a water tank and one or two sinks or washbasins for doing dishes and washing the clothes. You have seen a colonial-styled pila before as part of La Casa Antigüeña series and you have also recently seen the public washbasins. So you now know how pilas are basically smaller versions of the public washbasins and water tanks, right?

I bet you never thought a colonial utilitarian washbasin and water tank could be used as decoration for a upscale, hi-tech wireless internet, coffee shop. I think it works and it does especially well, since the water is running all the time between the main two water compartments and adds a wonderful relaxing sound.

What do you think? Do you want to have a pila guatemalteca at your home? I take orders! 😉

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