Reyes Rios + Larrain restore two abandoned 'casonas' to create a boutique hotel in Mexico
This is an example of how a well integrated, multi-disciplinary work that involves restoration, architecture and interior design, can rescue, revitalize and create a new compound from two abandoned, 60-90 year-old 'casonas', located on the most important historical avenue of Merida, Yucatan. The programme features fourteen 36-42 sq m guest bedrooms, three suites, restaurant, library, SPA, pool and roof terrace-bar.
All suites and guestrooms include a private open patio with a whirpool, as well as high ceilings, as a response to the weather conditions. The project's concept preserves original spaces in both houses, where the main hotel's public areas, the suites and a significant part of the back of the house were placed.
The new spaces added (about more than 50% of the resultant whole) have been designed as a modern recreation, a new interpretation of the luxurious yucatecan homes of the early twentieth century, that fuses old with new.
Use and selection of colour contributes to link the building with its natural and cultural context, responding to the intense luminosity of Yucatecan sun and chromatic tradition of Mexican Architecture. The project also rescues and updates some very local old techniques for finishes that were necessary to reinvent, as modern materials were introduced in order to assure a clear connection with its particular site and current time.
Special mention to a waterproof stucco obtained from the resin of the bark of an endemic tree called 'chukum', as well as a natural sealant obtained from boiling the leaves of 'pixoy', another native tree. Those finishes were combined with pasta tiles, local limestone and sub-tropical tree bark. Over a year after its official opening, Rosas&Xocolate has become a reference of inspiration for further actions of urban regeneration in this very emblematic, historical area of Merida.