Productora and Esrawe Studio, two local architecture studios, have transformed the Albor Hotel in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, by suspending planes of green tiles from its lobby ceiling. The hotel, which is a part of Hilton’s Tapestry Collection, is situated on a hilly site and was completed in 2022. Spanning over 6,000 square meters, the hotel features various amenities, including a lobby, restaurant, bar, gym, multipurpose room, and a pool area with a grill.
Taking inspiration from the surrounding mountains, Productora and Esrawe Studio aimed to seamlessly integrate the hotel into the natural landscape. The stone base of the building, reminiscent of the mountain’s interior, showcases a textured and colorful appearance. The lower levels of the hotel, comprising the lobby, restaurant, bar, and garden, are designed perpendicular to the site’s cobble-stone street, while the upper floors run parallel to it. The first two levels of the building are enveloped in natural red, textured stone, with the subsequent three levels featuring a simple white material that contrasts the base.
Upon entering the hotel, guests are greeted by a spacious lobby where the same red stone used for the exterior decorates the floors, walls, and bar elements. Plane-like structures made of sea-foam green ceramic tiles, showcasing a leaf-like pattern by Mexican artist Omar Barquet, divide the lobby’s double-height space. These ceramic tiles, crafted by Latitude, are also used to cover dividing walls, ceiling planes, and suspended panels. The lobby is furnished with blocky wooden tables and chairs created by Roberto González, while a large wooden bookshelf spans the length of the interior. The seating is adorned with cushions featuring shades of gray, green, and red. Sliding glass doors framed in the same red tone lead out onto the hotel’s expansive patio.
The patio, which extends across several levels, showcases rectangular volumes cantilevered over the back area, mirroring the rectangular panels in the lobby. PLANTA Botanical Design has installed large square planting beds filled with cacti and local plants, enhancing the natural ambiance of the space.
The hotel’s private rooms maintain a minimalist aesthetic, with wooden furniture consistent throughout seating areas, cabinetry, and bed frames. The rooms feature a calm and inviting atmosphere, enhanced by a natural color palette and materials like mineral clay, local crafts, wooden furniture, and natural fabrics. The private bathrooms also incorporate the earthen red tone found in the lobby and exterior.
Productora recently completed a vibrant blue co-housing complex in Denver, Colorado, while Esrawe Studio renovated an apartment in Mexico City using an oak “skin”.
The stunning photography of the Albor Hotel has been captured by César Béjar.
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