Argentina-based Sternberg Kohen Arquitectos has designed the Mine Hotel Boutique located in Argentina.
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The job assignment for this Boutique Hotel started off from the search of the location where the architecture and decoration project would be settled. The building is located on a quite unusual site in the city, with a typical front of 8.66m (which is the default width in Buenos Aires) that widens up to 15m at the back. This resulted very profitable for the project, allowing to have more façade perimeter. Beyond its dimensions, what was found was a site with a very “palermitan” image in its interior; non-plastered party walls made of old bricks covered by climbing plants – which were conserved – and the view to the neighbor gardens and patios featuring the same configuration.
The project’s lines are based on two blocks of rooms, one on the front, and the other one looking toward the back garden, joined by vertical and horizontal bridge-like circulations, providing views to the central patio. On the ground floor, a sequence of interior and exterior spaces separated by large glazed panels organize the different public functions from the main access, passing on to the lobby, the central patio, then the living room and the bar/restaurant and, at the end, the gallery, the deck and the back garden with a pool. This allows to see all the sapces together, from the street to the end of the site, causing the guests a feeling of not knowing whether they are inside or outside the building.
From the street, two things attract our attention: the feeling of depth achieved by a complete vision of the building’s lenght and the vertical tension generated by the projecting of the balconies and a long narrow window that crosses all the façade vertically. The front of the building reinterpretates two things: the neighborhood, on one side, where it is inserted to its context through its earth tones and textured covering; and the commercial use, on the other side, with very attractive lines for the passers-by and materials that distinguish this building from the rest of the houses, as the omnipresent concrete balconies and the long and narrow window, which becomes a clear visual focus during the night.
The exterior spaces are the soul of the project. The central patio with its water fonts, which links the two blocks of rooms and it is perceived in all the horizontal and vertical circulations of the hotel through a large window that begins on the ground floor and continues up to the last floor; and the garden whit its pool, together whit a gallery and a wooden deck, a meeting point in the afternoons, provide this characteristic so looked for in the landscape of Palermo and the sensation of feeling this place as your own.
The hotel develops in four floors, three of which are mostly occupied by the twenty rooms; four of them facing the street, two facing the patio and the rest to the garden. The balconies were conceived as concrete boxes which, at the same time that they link the rooms with the exterior, they provide a feeling of privacy to the guest.
The idea on wich we worked on was to generate a building that joined, on one side, the leit motiv of this kind of projects: an innovative architecture with much emphasys in design and in the ellaboration of details. Lines with a strong visual impact, clean spaces, fluid circulations and the utilization of materials with a strong character and, on the other side, the idea that gives the base for its name: Mine, meaning the sensation of feeling comfortable, of making the spaces your own, of spaces with homey dimensions and recognizable places in the guest’s imaginary.
This is how the project was created, with a series of dualities, mixed feelings that provide richness to each of the spaces.
A decoration with organic features of Thai tendency mixed with contemporary elements provides warmth to the public spaces of the ground floor, resulting in an architecture of pure and modern lines.
One of the premises brought up by the owners was to resolve a building which would synthesize the feeling of being “on vacation”, becoming a place for rest in such a cosmopolitan, restless city like Buenos Aires.
That’s why Mine is characterized by the utilization of a series of materials that mix natural and artificial ones in permanent dialogue.
The use of leather, stone and natural textures such as wood, rattan or bamboo, dialogues with concrete and glass. At the same time, brilliant tones make contrast with the harmony of insaturated colors and a scenographic lighting is combined with handmade devices reinforcing this duality. This hotel joins two very different worlds and integrate them through the spaces.
The Mine concept is also taken to the bedrooms through a design that reminds us more to a house bedroom than one of a major brand hotel, so that the guest feels the room has been especially designed for him. There are four bedroom categories, where wood and rattan were use for the furniture and concrete floors and white walls with flashes of color that refer to an oriental style are predominant.
However, as we move upward in the room category there is not only a change in size and services, but more elements of design are incorporated.
+ Project data / credits
Authors: Sternberg Kohen Arquitectos
Project: Mine Hotel Boutique
Location: 4770 Gorriti St., Palermo, Buenos Aires – Argentina
Built-up area: 930 sq. m.
Site Area: 410 sq. m.
Year of completion: 2008