Maria Aguilar Hotel, Península de Ancón CUB
The hotel of the 21st century – urban planning, architecture, landscaping, scenography and interior design stage an environment that is unique in the entire Caribbean and sets a benchmark for future buildings in and around Cuba.
In order to be able to arrange the rooms of the hotel optimally, a special software was developed. The main criterion for this optimisation was to orient each room towards the sea or, if this is not possible, to create a larger room towards the park. Other parameters determined the minimum distances between the rooms and the number of rooms per building, as well as the direct sunlight. The optimization process is based on a generic algorithm that analyzed the layout of the hotel and changed it through several iterations.
The design is an architectural expression of the relationship with Cuba, Trinidad and the local environment; elegant and relaxing at the same time, it is contemporary, attractive and functional. It is the result of a mixture of existing Caribbean architecture and a reinterpretation of colonialist architectural elements. The design emphasis, such as colonnades, terraces, pergolas, facades, gardens, curtains and Cuban art, evoke an amazing architectural ensemble full of character, somewhere between Caribbean and contemporary architecture.