Project team:

Architecture: Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos

Interior design: Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos + Rockwell Group

Lighting consultant: Luz y Forma

Landscape consultant: Gabayet Paisajistas

23. Jan 2017

The Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen resort in Mexico.

Text: Alison Ritter
Photos: Paul Rivera


Mexican skies have to be seen to be believed. Add to that the turquoise waters of the Mexican Caribbean, and you are really talking about a sensual experience that many would find hard to resist. The perfect location for a holiday resort. A breathtakingly beautiful backdrop against which to recharge your batteries. The Yucatan Peninsula is indeed a fast-growing tourist destination and the paradise-like Playa del Carmen on the southern side of the peninsula therefore the perfect site for a purposefully designed hotel resort.

The Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen, which was opened just over a year ago, is part of the effort to develop the region. The hotel site incorporates a protected mangrove area and is in close proximity to what is referred to by locals as Fifth Avenue, a vibrant tourist destination featuring restaurants, bars, shops and malls of different shapes and sizes plus a lively nightlife. The resort therefore combines the local environment and culture in a modern setting on a site that slopes down to the sea with a 140-metre beachfront. The architects carried out a series of site analysis studies to define land use and ensure adequate protection of the natural area. This led to the development of an architectural programme that divided the site into three sections, each of which is inspired by the organic shapes of the Yucatan Peninsula and designed with a different intention to generate a wide range of sensations, routes and experiences for guests and visitors.


The full version of the article can be found in PLD No. 103.

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