ACCOR office decides to move because the space occupied previously did not meet the needs of the hotel chain, which, besides being a limited space, it lacked a certain comfort, spatially speaking. Because of this, the premise of design to give ourselves the space was to give a stamp that matched and outside of the image representative of the Company.
The lighting played an important role because it is an open space in 2 of its 4 sides that allowed thinking created from the use of it, conceptualizing configure the required fields with trimmings of glass to allow visual communication in addition, a light permeability due to the transparency of the glass. Within this site and visual permeability were careful different aspects such as the definition and customization of the spaces so that this virtue not become an invasion of space, which is why we decided to filter the visual effect through application of color in certain crystals, without obstructing the light. The color selection was made through an analysis in the studio, experimenting with different ranges to determine the ideal color to give us the warmth and comfort needed and that in turn will highlight not or would be aggressive to the daily life, the AMBER gave us that quality-duality, space-visual. The distribution is made from a glass box start leaning on one side blind, so as not to obstruct the light, which placed all major private, leaving the central part of the space for work areas well lit . The nuclei of bathrooms and services (such as site, store, kitchen, etc) were located near the port, located near the center of the office, to allow placing the rest of the spaces at perimeters and achieve leverage both seen as lighting.
Steven Harris Architects is an award winning firm that has been in business since 1985. The company offers interior, exterior and landscape design and an example of their thoughtful designs is Casa Finisterra in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico built into a cliff that overlooks the Pacific Ocean.
The 800 square meter home features seven bedrooms that also look out onto the ocean through substantial windows designed especially for that purpose. Since the home is perched on a cliff, an outdoor living area was built in that includes an infinity pool, patio, and cactus garden. Take a look at the wonderfully designed home in the following gallery.
Bakery / Restaurant / Bar in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato - The experience of Cumpanio part of its name, whose root is Latin for “with whom he shares the bread,” and from which it derives a word with such force and simplicity as “companion”. This is the basic principle of this place: to share the bread, wine and table. This is a new concept consists of a bakery, a restaurant and bar, informal, that are integrated by gestures, denoting a rate nodes and invite us to go and stay in place to reveal a new look at San Miguel.
The design concept born of several questions: What is San Miguel de Allende in the s. XXI? How to develop a contemporary spatial language using traditional techniques of architecture without betraying the essence of the building housing? This project seeks to update the architectural values of the enclave by contemporary intervention that does not alter the historical elements of the construction itself.
Pascal Architects, winner of First Prize of the International Biennial
Location: Lomas de Tecamachalco, Mexico City, Mexico
The Rachel mikvah is a ritual bath of purification in the Jewish religion. You can only do diving in fresh spring water, or in a place specially dedicated to this, fed by rainwater should be collected, stored and communicated to the vessel bath is called mikveh. All this must be made under a very strict set of rules related to the degree of water purity. These rules include also the use of materials, architectural measures and water treatment.
The mikvah is mostly used by women once a month for brides-to conversions and certain holidays. There is also a Mikve used for purification of all elements of cooking and food preparation. It is known that the mikvah represents the womb, therefore, when a person enters the bathroom is newly returned to it, and when it emerges, as if reborn. In this way, one arrives at a totally new and purified condition.
Its symbolism is at the same time, a tomb, therefore, can not be performed the ritual bath in a tub, but must be built directly into the ground. The fact illustrate the mikvah as much as the woman’s womb at the same time as the grave, it becomes a contradiction, since both are places where you can breathe, and yet are endpoints of the cycle of life.
The act of immersion works as an act of renewal and rebirth. According to the Bible, when a man is in an unclean condition, it is impossible to enter the Holy Temple, under the most severe punishment. In order to purify and shed its current condition must been through the water, immersing in the mikvah. Water will be a fundamental link between man and the Garden of Eden. This is why the water that comes here must come from its original state, and have no contact with man, because of its spiritual healer status. Therefore, the water will go through anything to be unclean, because it could well break the direct link with the River Eden.
The Restaurant Grelha located in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico - The restaurant’s dining concept comes from its name, barbecue in Portuguese, from there, all the formal concept of the project, space is a high terrace on which stand slim columns and topped by an almost flat roof armed steel frame and covered with which splits wood, surrounds and forms the space.
The interior space is clear and very light, due to the spaces through which light passes between the deck, the center rod is defined by a square lattice bar in a little space divided into two, one part allowing look on the street to the east and one to the north where there is the large ash trees that exist on the side street, this area can be elevated to trick the car parking, this space is ready fara extend a wooden platform on cars and defining a smoking area. Both spaces are linked by a long reflecting pool with a very bright and climbing wall to add depth to the space, the huge background are random plates which hang large bells.
The whole place is built on a budget, so we opted for the use of simple materials and place, the floor is quarry and most of the furniture is of pine.
Legend has it that the remains of the last Aztec tlatoani, Cuauhtemoc, reside in the mountain town of Ixcateopan. Though the story may be apocryphal, it inspires a joyous annual festival.
Dancers perform a ceremony in honor of Cuauhtemoc, the last Aztec leader, before the former church of Santa Maria de la Asuncion in Ixcateopan, Mexico. Legend holds that bones kept at the former church are Cuauhtemoc’s remains.
Continue reading this story on the last Aztec ruler inspiring a spirited celebration at Los Angeles Times
Hotel Marquis Los Cabos Beach, Golf & Spa Resort - Located in the tourist corridor of Cabo Real on Baja California Sur, on the road you can see the facade and the arch of the hotel that meets Marquis 2 functions, first as a representative symbol of Los Cabos and the second where lobbying can see the Sea of Cortez and the starting point towards different areas of the hotel.
The architecture based on large contemporary walls, gardens and interior corridors that are integrated into the desert environment of the place, offer opportunities for spiritual and physical rest. The hotel is reached by the motor lobby composed of a circular water mirror flanked by 2 rows of palm trees that in turn make the arch of the facade. While in the lobby you can see the mirror of water that is integrated with the horizon of the sea and a water curtain falls of20 meters above sea level.
Check out more gorgeous pictures of this Hotel Marquis Los Cabos Beach Resort at arquitectosmx.com
The Vochol, a piece of contemporary indigenous artwork, is being exhibited at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian from March 21 through May 6, 2012 in Washington, D.C. as part of its international tour. The museum welcomes the 1990s Volkswagen Beetle named “Vochol” decorated by indigenous craftsmen from the Huichol (Wixaritari) communities of Nayarit and Jalisco, Mexico, who used more than 2 million glass beads and fabric to decorate the vehicle.
The name Vochol is a combination of vocho, a name for the Volkswagen Beetle in Mexico, and Huichol, which are the native Mexican Indians who beaded the car, originally from West Central Mexico and widely recognized for their colorful beadwork and fiber arts. The Huichol Indians took seven months to bead and design the car, which depict culturally important designs, ceremonies and historic events, including the Mexican Revolution and Mexican independence from Spain; the Vochol serves as a demonstration of the complex intersections between traditional and modern cultures, and helps promote the Huichol Indians’ rich culture and talent.
Read more on the “Vochol” VW Bug in DC at MexicoToday.org
This month marks a historic time for the people of Mexico, as it brings a much-anticipated visit from Pope Benedict XVI. The pope will be traveling through Cuba in addition to Mexico, where he will be from March 23-29.
Among the stops on the itinerary for the visit is the city of Guanajuato. Rolling cobblestone streets, brightly colored stucco homes dotting the hills, and optimal weather make the colonial city of Guanajuato arguably one of the most beautiful in all of Mexico.
Built into a canyon at 6,600 feet, Guanajuato is unique in its structure and culture. Visitors can ride a cable car to a lookout from where they can view the domes and spires of the entire city; underground tunnels that now transport city traffic brings to mind a scene from life during the Middle Ages; and the people of Guanajuato are colorful and diverse.
Read more on Pope Benedict XVI’s visit and more at MexicoToday.org