Guadalajara, Mexico. 2011
New construction, proposal
The project proposal for Hotel Centro harnesses the strategic location of the hotel estate by proposing a dynamic oblique opening that cuts through the bldg mass, and is oriented towards the cathedral plaza. This urban gesture enables every hotel room to have a view of the cathedral and plaza. Our goal was to devise an alternative to a utilitarian interior patio, and instead of interior facing rooms, enable constant dialogue between hotel spaces and cathedral plaza; bringing the public space into the hotel as well as extending out onto it. The façade is conceived as an element that wraps all the hotel programmed spaces in a striated masonry envelope, from which window-like elements peel off to further orient views and dialogue with the cathedral plaza. The material selected for the masonry exterior is a local sandstone that dialogues with the rich cream and earth colors of the surrounding building.
Design Team: Eva Perez de Vega & Ian Gordon, partners
Aviva Novick, assistant