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Snack Caracol

Snack Caracol

ARS Atelier de Arquitecturas
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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Alejandro Guerrero

Snack Caracol

ARS Atelier de Arquitecturas as Architects

In the year 2002 the city of Puerto Vallarta was affected by the Hurricane Kenna. Therefore many of the hotels located in the front coast suffered serious damages. The project for the Snack Caracol replaces the last construction a “palapa1” destroyed in that incident. The old program consisted in a restaurant that used to give service to the pool and the beach area of the Hotel. The intervention area is a raised platform about 3 meters above sea level that captures great views of the bay area and also has an inner connection with the landscape and the gardens. The proposal consists in the incorporation of a main roof to regulate in an efficient manner the solar incidence. The constructive proposal consists of a series of concrete columns that describe curved paths towards the sea and a roof in 5 stages: concrete girders, wooden girders, aluminum louver, glass and the sky. The work is an stacking repetition exercise, of addition, in this case of shadows produced by architectural elements to obtain a changing and continuous movement in the space, just as the environment in which it is located.

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