Central de Arquitectura's Hotel Deseo in Mexico

The Mayan staircase leading to a variety of atmospheres and sensations

by Malcolm Clark
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Hotel Deseo, designed by Central de Arquitectura, is located in the small Caribbean resort of Playa del Carmen, in Mexico. The general concept is based on the idea of combining enjoyment and relaxation in a single structure.

The building surrounds a large patio which contains the common areas, characterised by a variety of activities, atmospheres, sensations, spatial platforms and textures.

Central de Arquitectura involved local artist Silvia Grunner on the swimming pool, which reads  "Away from you" at the bottom, with the idea of blending architecture and visual art.

The façade is made up of a skin of cylindrical wooden slats which provide a virtual filter and separate the rooms from the patio. The rooms which are clean, plain and light coloured spaces overlook the internal patio providing isolation from the hustle and bustle of the resort.

The staircase leading up to the hotel recalls the pre-Hispanic Mayan ones, inviting the guests to discover what comes at the end of it...

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    Hotel Deseo

    Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo / Mexico / 2001