Project: DOWNTOWN Mexico hotel and DOWNTOWN Beds hostel.
Program: Hotel & Hostel.
Architecture: Cherem Arqs
Furniture design: Paul Roco
Location: Isabel La Catolica 30, Colonia Centro, Mexico City, Mexico.
Hotel Total Project Area: 2,256 square meters.
Hostel Total Project Area: 1,218 square meters.
Project Year: July 2012.
Photographs: Jaime Navarro, Undine Pröhl.
In the heart of the ‘old city’ of Mexico near ‘El Zócalo’ square, the site where the Aztecs first settled followed by the Spaniards who built their churches and palaces using the existing stones that were part of the Aztec pyramids, lies a 17th century colonial palace with magnificent architectural elements known as the ‘Palacio de los Condes de Miravalle.’ In July of 2012, Abraham Cherem of Cherem Arqs completed the renovation of this UNESCO World Heritage site historical landmark which combines the grandeur of the past with industrial elements of the present day whilst creating contemporary interiors with a bohemian-chic twist.
Member of Grupo Habita and Design Hotels, the DOWNTOWN Mexico hotel balances elements of colonial style with local, ethnic culture, where red volcanic rock walls, multiple doors, window quarry frames and handmade cement tiles, along with magnificent patios and a spectacular stone-forge staircase provide the building with is unique flavor of Mexican regality. In conserving the building’s original façades and the main walls, a new contemporary direction was then proposed. Now resembling a hacienda, the DOWNTOWN Mexico hotel and the DOWNTOWN Beds hostel housed in the same building are spatially separated through the inner courtyard.
The patios are the main distributors of space. Allowing for natural light and ventilation, they also consequently decrease any dependence on energy as they allow for natural light and air to enter. The 17 guest rooms and suites of the hotel have been located on the first and second levels. Alluring and simple, grey walls and tiled floors, set against light timber detailing, exposed concrete walls and vaulted high brick ceilings provide a neutral backdrop for retro lamps and bespoke furniture that aid towards creating their austere, bohemian-chic elegance.
The overall splendor of this palace is juxtaposed by the immense terrace above. Covering the whole rooftop, guests can enjoy drinks or cooling dips in the pool whilst admiring the panoramic views of the historic city.
Discover this two-part project through the pictures that follow: