It's no secret that I love a designer Hotel, but his one is definately something special - uber cool. For me, like walking through the streets of Paris, it makes me want to dress better even looking at the photographs. Beautiful details andis that the Void light I see in the restaurant?
The 56 guest rooms designed by Arnaud Montigny reflect simple, early 1960s Italian design, with attention placed on natural lighting, textural materials in leather and cotton, and stainless steel fixtures. The rooms contain a Kengo Kuma-like Japanese urban ryokan (inn) sensibility, with wooden platform beds and a quiet minimalism in décor that Couturier calls spiritual and necessarily peaceful for the fast pace of New York City.
‘This is why we build hotels,’ says Couturier. ‘We aim to be a magnet for the arts.’
Couturier wants to impart Habita’s design aesthetic as one that is global and original.
‘We don’t follow trends,’ he says. ‘We look for inspiration in our past and give the world a different expression of our culture. Luis Barragán is a perfect example. So are [Mexican] artists like Gabriel Orozco, Diego Rivera. We want to project Mexico as a place where we are a source of new forms.’
‘The design of Hôtel Americano reflects both the industrial character and spirit of the neighbourhood and the personality of Grupo Habita. That is to say, the design is young and fresh with a Latin sense of fun, while, at the same time, being elegant,’ says Norten. ‘The architecture of the building it occupies negotiates between the local and unique conditions of the site and vocabulary of the time in which we live.’
Quirky room amenities such as its own brand of mezcal, denim robes designed by Loden Dager and harmonicas available in the mini-bar selection, as well as an iPad programmed with city guides and concierge services. To greater experience the city, there are bicycles for guests and a rooftop pool that turns into a thermal bath in the winter.
Couturier says the group hopes to support outside street artists like subway musicians, graffiti makers and street-art installers, by inviting them to create experiences within the hotel. The plan is to develop an ongoing performance calendar geared at live installations in the patio and basement waterholes.
‘We want to support those artists that are not already in galleries.’ He dubs this nod to the underdog ‘social solidarity’.
Suit clad Carlos Couturier, one of the founders of Grupo Habita, overseeing the opening of Hôtel Americano, the company’s first hotel north of the border.
Designed by Ten ArchitectosPhotographs: Grupo Habita