Mexican fashion brand Octavia has taken over an old house in La Condesa in the country’s capital to create a boutique hotel, with PPAA Architects designing and creating the soft, neutral space.
Designed to be an extension of the clothes created by Octavia, the seven-room boutique hotel’s two studios, apartment-style room and four hotel rooms merge comfort and design, with its public spaces offering refuge from the hustle and bustle of the city.
A natural touch
The well-known local clothing brand was designed for a contemporary woman with a simple, modern lifestyle. Nestled within an area of Mexico City, La Condesa, in which the culture, gastronomy and social scene are everchanging, Casa Octavia draws on natural elements to bring its simple way of living to its first boutique hotel.
Slim wooden lattices make up the hotel’s façade, creating privacy and shading for the building’s concrete and glass elevation. Within, the concrete curves and flows, creating a cool, calm space through which visitors move toward communal spaces, with rough textured stone and pebbles in a courtyard putting emphasis again on the natural.
The space was designed to be flexible, allowing for it to be used for community schemes as well as by guests. When the space is open, the long courtyard that runs along the full length of the hotel links to the streets outside and acts as an extension of the footpath beyond the hotel. Equally, the design of the space allows for intimate, more private gatherings when needed for events.
Each of the seven rooms are different, arranged in two blocks across the upper floors of the building. One block faces into the courtyard, each room with its own balcony, while the other block of rooms opens out.