Cacao Hotel Boutique

CompanyRdlp Arquitectos
Lead DesignerRodrigo de la Peña Larralde
Design TeamMiguel Angel Galvan, Jose Juan Garza, Samantha Calzada.
PrizeBronze in Architectural Design / Hospitality Architecture

The hotel had to respond to the aesthetic values of the Mexican culture and translate it into a whole new contemporary artistic concept, placing close attention to details and permanence to the area. Cacao contributes to the activation of the city’s streets while creating self-monitored sidewalks that remain busy and self- monitored day and night. As a result, achieving to be a part and a promoter of city life. The building’s floor area is 9,067 m2 on a plot of 3,200 m2. Contains 60 spacious guest rooms and suites with a dinning area, roof top bar and infinity pool. Inspired by colonial Mexican architecture, a traditional central patio is incorporated to the design. Allowing the entrance of natural light and crossed ventilation. Moreover, the paved stone courtyard covered by parasols provides natural shade with a light white textile canopy that provides the illusion of open space and gently diffuses the intensity of the sun during the day. One of the major influences within the design schemes were the bioclimatic factors, located on an extremely humid and hot climate, a grid that allows crossed ventilation was incorporated allowing the cooling down of temperatures and shadings within the building. During the beginning of the design process the sidewalk was defined to be a fundamental aspect of the Project. It was considered to be the integrating factor with the exterior of the building; being so, the existing gap between the sidewalk and the street was removed, resulting in the integration and expansion of both elements; giving a greater importance to the pedestrian and revitalizing the surrounding street areas. Cacao hotel Boutique accomplishes the integration of the Fifth Avenue, the project communicates the interior to the exterior life of the building.