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Solaz Los Cabos Hotel

Ciudad de México, Mexico. The extraordinary natural surroundings of the peninsula of Baja California with its semi-desert landscape in shades of ocher, contrasting with the deep blue of the Sea of Cortes, provides an ideal selected context for the construction of a new landmark hotel for the country.

Exterior View – Pool. Photo credit: © Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos, photo by Rafael Gamo

Celebrating the integration between landscape, architecture, and art, Solaz Los Cabos covers a total area of 9.8 hectares along a section of the coast that includes unique topographical formations. The architectural concept was guided by this need for the proper integration of the construction into its surroundings, achieved through the use of organic forms that refer to the movement of the waves, producing an attractive series of volumes that are adapted to the location. The selection of materials, planting and construction methods reinforce this concept of integration and were meticulously studied to ensure they would suit this beautiful site.

Aerial View. Photo credit: © Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos, photo by Rafael Gamo

The services provided by the development are designed to offer a range of accommodation and hospitality options to visitors from both Mexico and abroad. It comprises hotel, apartments, restaurants, spa, amenities, site museum, open plazas and more.

Exterior View – Plaza Solaz. Photo credit: © Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos, photo by Rafael Gamo

Exterior View – Terraces. Photo credit: © Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos, photo by Rafael Gamo

As a result of the natural steep topography of the site, which climbs from sea level towards the north, it was decided to form three large curved terraces running east-west, and to place the hotel rooms at the western end.

Interior View – Erizo Restaurant. Photo credit: © Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos, photo by Rafael Gamo

The circulation between these terraces is via narrow cuttings that also operate as dividing passageways with dense planting to separate the different functions, generating greater privacy.

Left: Exterior View – Bar, Right: Interior View – Apartment terrace. Photo credit: © Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos, photo by Rafael Gamo

Given the slope, each terrace rises above the other in stepped fashion, with south-facing facades meaning that all the spaces enjoy spectacular views of the sea. The amenities including swimming pools, beach club, sun loungers are located on the lowest level, by the beach.

Hotel’s Lobby at sunset. Photo credit: © Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos, photo by Rafael Gamo

The access level is located within the principal building. This construction, which displays great plasticity of form and organic movement, resembles three blocks stacked on top of each other. Each block contains two floors to give a total of six and contains hotel rooms inside. The volumetry of this building combines the same concept of integration into the surroundings while its movement permits the generation of better views, affording the development with a unique tectonic character.

Exterior View – Circulations. Photo credit: © Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos, photo by Rafael Gamo

The apartments operated by the hotel are three volumes of square proportions distributed along the length of the south side of the site.

The different typologies of this hotel’s suites and rooms emerges from the topography that merges harmoniously with the sandy beach. To reach them, a courtyard-lobby serves as both entryway and bridge between the topographic undulations of the exterior and the welcoming geometry of the interior.

Circulation Detail. Photo credit: © Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos, photo by Rafael Gamo

A warm atmosphere created using tropical wood, textiles with fresh, Mexican colors, and lines marked out in stone generate a distinctive contemporary aesthetic in every room.

Exterior View – Motor lobby. Photo credit: © Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos, photo by Rafael Gamo

One of the conceptual pillars of Solaz Los Cabos is the artistic intervention in many of the spaces. Here, Mexican artist Cesar López Negrete creates and exhibits over 400 works of art that commemorate the life and culture of Baja California in ancient times. His artistic vision complements each detail of the construction, at both the micro-level (hotel rooms) and the macro-level (open plazas and common spaces), in the appropriation of the space and the integration with the site.

Left: Aerial View, Right: Exterior View from the highway. Photo credit: © Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos, photo by Rafael Gamo

The presence of Solaz in Los Cabos is notable thanks to the way the architecture is woven into an integrated landscape project, created in partnership with Gabayet 101 Paisaje. The palette of plants was complemented with further native species according to the landscape design and the intention of each space. In this way, the architecture and landscaping harmonize with the external walkways, passages, outdoor amenities, lobbies, restaurants, green roofs on the volumes that descend to the sea, and so on. These landscaped areas seek to imitate the local vegetation and its unique natural setting.

With its contemporary Mexican design, its proper integration into the landscape, and the sum of an integral art project, this hotel is expected to be the next icon in the international hospitality industry.

Hotel Room Terrace. Photo credit: © Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos, photo by Rafael Gamo

Architectural Team

Architects

Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos

President

Javier Sordo Madaleno Bringas

Architecture Leader

Javier Sordo Madaleno de Haro

Project Leader

Alejandro Coeto, Boris Pena

Program

Hotel

Construction Area

150,000 m2

Terrain Area

135,000 m2

Termination Date

2018

Status

Built

Location

San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico

 

Design Manager

Alejandro Espejel, Cándido Hernández, Luis Pucheta

Design Team

Iovany Fuentes, David Pazos, Miguel Baranda, Marco Pucheta, Santiago García de Letona, Giordana Rojas, Daniela Camarena, Carlos Nuñez, Francisco Barrera

Engineering Coordination

Marcos Hernández

Engineering Team

Héctor Ruiz

Media & Marketing

Rosalba Rojas, Daniela Cruz, Jimena Orvañanos,

Daniela Rosas, Angélica Chávez, Lorena Moreno

Interior Design

Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos

Interior Directors

Nadia Borrás, Enrique Ralph

Interior Team

Guillermo Márquez, Greg Leiner, Pilar Ocejo, Gabriela Mondragón, Andoni Barcón, Héctor Galaz, Maripaz Coto, Melissa Peña, Rossy León, Luz Edith Osuna, Keshin Fuhrmann, Ingrid Flores, Fernanda Patiño, Regina Jarque, Alejandro Gómez-Moncada, Marcia Mejía, Miguel Galindo, Cristina Ramos, Alejandra Angeles

Structural Engineering

Ing. Jaime Palacios

Electric Engineering

Cien Acres

Air Conditioning Engineering

DYPRO

Systems & Special Engineering

Innovative Design

Hydrosanitary Engineering

Termo Aire Consultores Mecánicos

Water Treatment Plant Engineering

Hidro Ecología Especialistas en Tratamiento de Agua

Fire Safety Engineering

Viza Fire

Lighting Consultant

Luz y Forma

Acustic Consultant

Omar Saad

AV Consultant

Innovative Design

Landscape Consultant

Gabayet Paisajistas

Fire Safety Consultant

Bice Vertical

Construction

Quinta del Golfo de Cortés S.A. de C.V.

Photography

Rafael Gamo

 

About Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos

www.sordomadaleno.com

Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos (SMA) is an internationally-recognized, Mexico City-based architecture studio with over 80 years in practice. Founded in 1937 by Juan Sordo Madaleno, and run by the third generation of architects in the Sordo Madaleno family. It operates with 250-plus design experts dedicated to the development of architectural, urban planning, interior design and master planning projects.

The studio is recognized for its profound commitment to excellence and strategic thinking, which results in fully-integrated architectural solutions that have contributed greatly to Mexico’s architectural fabric. The office carefully evaluates urban context, social impact and viability in order to attend to the potential features and requirements of each project.

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