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Grand Hyatt at Playa del Carmen
New Accommodation Development Mexico – design by Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos
10 Mar 2019
Playa del Carmen Grand Hyatt
Architects: Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos
Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
The Playa del Carmen Grand Hyatt project is located in the heart of Playa del Carmen on an irregular site that slopes down to the sea, with a 140-meter beachfront and a significant area of natural mangrove to be preserved.
A series of studies of distribution, land use and protection of the natural area led to the development of an architectural program divided into three blocks with architectural solutions that protect and enhance the environment. Each block is designed with a different intention to generate a wide range of sensations, routes and experiences for guests and visitors.
The first block forms the connection between the avenue and the hotel, creating an interior roadway for pedestrians and vehicles lined by retail stores, generating an informal urban ambience recalling that of the famous 5th Avenue.
This indoor street ascends to define the access route to the main plaza, which becomes the motor lobby. Taking advantage of this elevation, the ballrooms are located beneath the plaza, while the back of house areas are located underneath this indoor street.
The second block is located at the center of the site, forming a visual and spatial connection between the various elements. It takes a rectangular shape, surrounded by a four story block of hotel rooms. Inside are the fabulous mangrove gardens, which are preserved and used to create a central garden, the perfect setting for the surrounding rooms.
Above this garden and right at the center of the second block there is an open covered pedestrian walkway, with amenities, pavilions and exceptional sea views, which can be seen from the first block. The space beneath this promenade area is employed for the meeting rooms and spa.
A large curved, conical, stone-clad volume rising from the earth is the principal visual element related to the spa. Its design alludes to the magnificent cenote pools that are unique to this area. Inside an expansive, peaceful space is provided for guests to relax. Beyond the cenote’s top, guests descend a ramp and arrive at a large area that features kiosk that serve different kinds of refreshments one might find in a traditional Mexican market, such as agua fresca.
As the closest to the sea, the third block offers the best views, which are shared with the rest of the site and enhanced with a striking 12-meter high window that spans 55 meters wide.
This final block is the heart of the hotel and accommodates the entertainment amenities, with the advantage of the direct contact with the beach. The pools and terraces surround the four-story building providing the rooms and suites with the best views.
The selection of materials and finishes was based on adaptation to the surroundings, with sand-colored cladding and stone, extensive use of natural wood, native vegetation, water bodies, and warm, indirect lighting, among other details. The project’s largest and most significant spaces were purpose-designed to showcase artworks. The concept of this art was worked in conjunction with the artist César López-Negrete, and his pieces were specifically created for this project.
Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos was responsible for the complete architectural design and the interior design of the SPA, pools, fitness center, Grand Club lounge, the brides room, two restaurants and the back of the house. Rockwell Group designed the interior of the ballrooms, meeting rooms, two signature restaurants and the kiosks. Together, Sordo Madaleno with Rockwell Group designed the paseo, guest-rooms and suites.
Grand Hyatt, Playa del Carmen – Building Information
Design: Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos
Project size: 60000 sqm
Site size: 27500 sqm
Completion date: 2015
President: Javier Sordo Madaleno Bringas
Architecture Leader: Javier Sordo Madaleno de Haro
Project Leader: Andrés Cajiga
Client Representative Design Coordination: Mark Seligson – architecturalTACTICS
Project Manager: Daniel López
Design Team: Liliana Reyes, Maricarmen Lazo, Perla Vázquez, Andre Jaques Bodin, Gabriela Puente
Engineering Coordination: Marcos Hernández
Engineering Team: Juan Carlos Díaz, Héctor Ruiz
Construction Coordination: CPMA Construction Managers Asociados
Media & Marketing: Rosalba Rojas, Daniela Cruz, Jimena Orvañanos
Interior Design: Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos + Rockwell Group
SMA Interior Design Director: Nadia Borrás, Enrique Ralph
SMA Interior Design Team: Gzgregorz Leiner, Fernanda Sotomayor, Regina Jarque
Rockwell Group Founder and President: David Rockwell
Studio Leader: Carmen Aguilar
Rockwell Group Design Team:Hilli Wuerz, Barry Richards, Tomás Predrasa, Daniel Holguin, Patricia Barbis, Mónica Gutiérrez
Structural Engineering: Aguilar Ingenieros
Electrical Engineering: Circuito Ingenieros Consultores Electromécanicos
Air Conditioning Engineering: IACSA
Systems & Special Engineering: Innovative Designs
Hydrosanitary Engineering: Garza Maldonado Ingenieros
Lighting Consultant: Luz y Forma
Audio & Video Consultant: Circuito
Landscape Consultant: Gabayet Paisajistas
Construction: ARCA Desarrollos
Photography: Paul Rivera
Grand Hyatt at Playa del Carmen images / information received 100319
Location: Playa del Carmene, Mexico
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