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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  • That’s a nice big pila. Love the pic. and yes i would like to have one in my home but in NY it would be a little strange.

  • Yes, I often thought I’d like a pila in my home. How are the made? Molded concrete? Carved from stone? Silly question, probably, but I never paid attention when using one.

  • emromesco

    Pilas pues!

  • Eric

    Desinfortunadamente, I live in an apartment on the second floor of an older wood house … no pila para mi ! Although I could have created one after the pipe under the kitchen sink leaked this past weekend … not good at all…..

  • Beautiful photo. And, not only do I want one… I WILL have one!!

  • MO

    Yes, very much so. I’m a big time fan of pilas. I would like to order one (extra large) and unpainted. Can you please ship one to Babylon, NY. and please send me the bill.

  • Benny Avery

    How much does one cost? How much to ship it to the above address

  • Benny Avery

    How much does one cost? How much to ship it to Memphis, Tennessee, USA?

    • @Benny, I don’t know how much is a colonial-style pila. I promise to look this up for you. Now the shipping and handling would much more than the pila since I am almost sure a pila must weight over a ton. 🙁

      • Benny Avery

        would you please found out and contact me.
        Thank you

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