The starting point of this project was an urban-archeological work. We found a building in complete decadence, formerly called Hotel Jardín Amazonas. We googled it right away and a couple of images from its splendorous timescaught our attention,mainly by the central courtyard, that figured an oasis within the city, among the 70´s decor, the artificial grass mat and the clothing of the people who were photographed while sunbathing by the pool. Nothing remained from that hotel apart from the typical structure of a motel, with exterior corridors and balconies above the courtyard, as well as countless layers of coverings, aggregates, stairs, ceilings and patches, as we commonly call them between architects. Today the hotel has 36 rooms, each with a special touch.
The façade, which was left untouched, had been probably remodeled in the 80´s, in an attempt to add the building a sense of modernity, it was covered with a glass layer with mirror aspect. The Cuauhtémoc neighborhood, today a very cultural active area, suffered this same process of deterioration during some years, when the periphery competed with the central city. The decision of which elements we should conserve and which to withdraw was a ludic process of gradual discovery.
We even decided to avoid the access through the facade and build a new one on the side in the neighbors’ parking lot,to modify the route’s travel and cause astonishment by making the visitors reach directly to the central courtyard we had idealized in the photographs. In this process, apart from removing and showing the different layers, we decided to add some potential elements that could give cohesion and unity to the project. The concrete structure of the existing building can be appreciated from every common area and hotel room. The central courtyard becomes the busiest public space, having the restaurant all around, which is designed under the same criteria of the hotel and with furniture specifically made for this place.