Malaquita, the terrace of the City Center hotel located in the heart of Centro Histórico, was designed to become a getaway from the city.
Centro Histórico, CDMX
The dramatic touch that breaks the project's stillness is a series of columns tilted towards different directions that hold a concrete slab covering the restaurant-bar in order to protect it from the rain. Uncovered, there is the pool and the lounge areas that make the most out of sunny days and the skyline views. The terrace is dominated by its exposed materials: concrete, steel, and glass, which try to resemble the context of functionalist structures with their lack of ornaments–as seen in eighties' buildings, and not the architecture in the first area of the Historical Center. Perimeter benches and concrete bars made in situ, furniture by Taller Nacional made from reused pine wood and leather in camel hues, cacti, agave, and a marble pool–a sculptural element–make up this urban oasis.
Uncovered, there is the pool and the lounge areas that make the most out of sunny days and the skyline views.