Industrial Water Tanks Which Serve as Pools
|Berlin, March 22, 2006 - The 15-room hotel, one of the newest members
of design hotels(tm), is located on the chic strip of Mexico's Playa del
Carmen. With a casual and unconventional twist on what a design hotel should
be, Básico is themed around basic concepts and a strong local identity.
Both the architecture and design have made use of materials and references
from everyday Mexican culture including public schools, 'cantinas' and
the petroleum industry of the 1950's.
The building, by architects Moisés Isón and José
Antonio Sánchez, is a mixture of concrete and Caribbean sand, while
designer Héctor Galván used predominately recycled materials
for the interiors. Guestrooms, including three suites, continue the basic
theme with white cement walls, tile floors made in a local factory, exposed
plumbing and floating beds. Humour and hedonism are equally important and
are expressed in details such as champagne stocked in a crate, beach balls,
fins, flat-screen TV's, DVD players and vintage-style Polaroid cameras
for guests to document their stay.
The entrance area to the hotel is reminiscent of a public market opening towards the street, while the multi-purpose bar is the hotel's reception as well as serving juice and fruit by day and latin cocktails at night. The hotel's restaurant features an open kitchen specializing in local seafood and traditional recipes.
One of the hotel's highlights is its roof top terrace with two industrial
water tanks which serve as pools and truck fronts which have been converted
to cabanas. Evenings come alive with guest DJ's and tropical films projected
on the surrounding walls.
Roof top terrace with two industrial water tanks which serve as pools
Básico is a promising new option for hip travellers to experience first-rate innovative design. The renowned Travel + Leisure magazine has recently confirmed this by naming it the 'Best Small Hotel' for its 2006 Design Awards.
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