Text description provided by the architects. This hotel project recycled an apartment building dating from 1928, catalogued by Mexico’s National Beaux Arts Institute. The perimeter of the building was preserved up to the first corridor, which was restored to its original state.
The inside of the building was demolished to build an opened patio, which is the central space of the project. A dialogue between architectures goes on in here; the circulations leading to the hotel rooms are turned facing this open, public space, where the building connects to the outside.
The courtyard features aluminum folding screens are able to transform this space infinitely, screens runners achieve virtually expand and offer the opportunity of the game to see and not be seen.
Folding aluminum shades open into the patio, infinitely transforming the space. The shades virtually extend the corridors and offer a play of seeing and not being seen. The sun travels in the patio generating chiaroscuros and giving greater depth to the space.
The patio and the two levels that were added to the original structure were built with a steel structure and reinforced concrete flagstones, so they would blend in with the preexisting quarry and white cement paste finishes.
Restaurant and bar services are located at the ground level to make the best use for the pedestrian flow in the street. On the first and second floors, the hotel rooms have a balcony in the original spaces of the building.
On the preexisting roof we built an additional level for suites with a private terrace. This level is pulled behind the main façade to avoid being seen from the street. Crowning the building we find a terrace with a spa and resting areas for the guests. This terrace in the evenings becomes a sushi bar, open for city dwellers.