In the late 1960s, Ricardo Legorreta’s Camino Real Mexico in Mexico City stunningly demonstrated that a hotel could be high modern and ultra-glamorous. During a time when hotel-chain file boxes and souped-up Miami slabs dominated hospitality architecture, Legorreta’s hotel, with its polychromatic, taut, planar, stucco forms, interspersed with lushly landscaped outdoor rooms, set a new standard.
The 76-year-old architect, now working with his son Victor, has brought his distinctive imprimatur to the heart of its historic section, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. La Purificadora, the hotel Legorreta + Legorreta designed (along with the firm of Serrano Monjaraz Arquitectos), occupies the remains of a 1844 stone-walled factory where water was bottled and purified for ice.
It helps to have the right client—Grupo Habita, an adventurous boutique hotel operation in Mexico City.
With its latest (and sixth) hotel, Grupo Habita was asked by a Spanish/Mexican real estate and construction company to conceive and operate the 26-room luxury hotel in Puebla, a city founded by Spaniards in 1531. The hotel was to be knitted into the dense urban fabric adjacent to the Spanish Colonial San Francisco church, a convention center, sculpture park, a new shopping mall––all part of an urban development plan known as Paseo San Francisco. Because the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) had designated the building as part of the city’s historic patrimony, the hotel design was given a fair amount of scrutiny by archeologists.
Submitted by: Elizabeth