ArchitectsAlfredo De León Méndez
Text description provided by the architects. The architectural concept design is based on the hotel itself ... a "low cost" hotel where the length of stay for a weekender, a tourist, or a business traveler is only 9 to 12 hours approximately, where the stay should preferably be simple and based on the fact that hotels provide services that the client does not need, does not seek or is not willing to pay, the program was done; reduce those services to a minimum and save those cost, designing the space of the room taking a 20 foot shipping container measures as reference, optimizing the space, uses, and the election of materials and furniture with a minimalist design... the results were 20 compact rooms of 15 sqm., with the elements and accessories of the highest quality.
The building was designed and constructed taking advantage of the square meters allowed by the city and being a corner the building was implanted in such a way that all rooms had a view to the city, income of ventilation and natural lighting; the short side of the street but with major pedestrian movement was reserved for the entry of the building.
The hotel is distributed in 5 floors, at street-level are entrance, lobby, reception, administrative office and services, also the snack bar that has two environments separated with a large stained glass window, but with the same use, inside as an air-conditioned place and the outdoor terrace having the feeling of spaciousness.
The four upper floors have a repetitive distribution, modulated by its structure, optimizing the space and connected by ducts of vertical circulation, the elevator and a staircase of emergency that communicates with the room aisle, differentiated only by a space in common in the façade, a double height for the lobby, a meeting room and an upper balcony which gives access to the terrace where are located the ventilation equipment, air conditioning and domestic hot water equipment.
The location of the hotel in the downtown area of las Peñas of Guayaquil City is a privilege, being only 200 meters from the greatest tourist attractions reference of the city, Malecón 2000 and Cerro Santa Ana an also near Jose Joaquin de Olmedo Airport, Bus station and the rest of the city in minutes by expressways.
Construction methodology was done in order to use efficient and sustainable construction materials, modulation, minimum heights between slabs, etc... reducing waste of work and the structure is a mix of reinforced concrete, slabs with the TECNILOSA system and masonry with HORMI2 (reinforced polystyrene) system to reduce the weight of the building, as also the structure and piles, managing to decrease the cost of construction by square meter as well as the time of execution.
The materials in grey tones, white walls using the color black and silver to accentuate the details, as well as large windows and basic design achieve a pure, simple architecture with lots of natural lighting, giving the feeling of spaciousness in a small site of only 174 sqm.