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The Carmen Hotel, Mexico Accommodation

New Sustainable Caribbean Accommodation design by sanzpont [arquitectura]

May 11, 2018

The Carmen Hotel in Mexico

Playa del Carmen Hotel

Design: sanzpont [arquitectura]

Location: Calle 8, Playa del Cármen, Mexico

Sustainable building in the Caribbean / 38-suite Boutique Hotel / Calle 8 Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Design Concept inspired by the Coral Reef of the Caribbean Sea

Exotic, sustainable and avant-garde design, inspired by the coral reef of the Caribbean Sea. The design concept is focused on representing an experience for each of its visitors through a natural, unique and contemporary environment.

The Carmen Hotel, Mexico

Modular structure and high thermal efficiency

The structure of the building is totally regulated through the constructive system based on frames, which makes a logical, simple and economical structure. The entire building uses the Novidesa construction system (high density polyurethane), which is highly efficient in thermal and acoustic insulation.

The Carmen Hotel, Mexico

Functionality and a view from every room

This project’s first principle, which is functionality, was resolved by best utilizing the space. Secondly, since the site offered a short façade overlooking the sea and a long façade facing the street, the solution was to rotate the building 30 degrees to ensure all rooms featured an ocean-view. The project was developed across three levels of rooms, in addition to the following on each level: a basement level with utilities, a ground floor with reception and a restaurant, and a roof pool on the third level.

The Carmen Hotel, Mexico

Sustainable Concept

High Efficiency with Low Energy Consumption

The whole building is built using a high density polyurethane construction system, which prevents solar radiation heating, and integrates double glazed windows, achieving a completely isolated system when the use of air conditioning is required. The design features a highly efficient use of cross ventilation of natural air which keeps the consumption of air conditioner to the very minimum. In addition, the heat emitted works to heat the water.

The Carmen Hotel, Mexico

The Carmen Hotel, Mexico

The water system is divided into sewage and gray, independently treated. In terms of lighting, the entire building has LED technology with low energy consumption.

Climate Analytsis

The hotel is located on one of the most paradisiacal beaches of the Caribbean Sea, on Calle 8 in Playa del Cármen, Quintana Roo. The climate of the region is warm and sub-humid. The movements and angles of the sun were analyzed with solar geometry, which allowed us to implement effective architectural shading elements. Overhangs and lattices were put in place to prevent the penetration of direct sunlight into the interiors and to block the South and West facades.

The Carmen Hotel, Mexico


The average annual temperature ranges between 28º C and 32º C (82º F and 90º F) in summer; and from 26º C to 27º C (78º F and 80º F) in winter. Isolating the building was essential to create comfortable interior temperatures. The thermal gain that the building would undergo was calculated using a thermal digital analytical model, obtaining a greater gain in the roofs, South and West façades, all of which dictate the choice of materials.

The Carmen Hotel, Mexico

Cross- Ventilation

Knowing that the dominant winds in the Caribbean come from the Southeast and East, it was decided to turn the rooms 30 degrees to capture the wind and extract it through a duct in the ceiling of the corridor, creating natural ventilation in each space.

The Carmen Hotel, Mexico

Ahorro Energy Savings

The building is conditioned to reduce energy consumption through the efficient design of construction, hydraulic, electrical, electronic and cooling systems, which play a fundamental role in the building’s energy efficiency.

The Carmen Hotel, Mexico

Innovate Materials

To avoid the passage of heat through thermal conductivity to spaces, innovative materials were used. The entire building, both its slabs, exterior and interior walls were made with high density polystyrene insulation materials. All windows are made of triple-pane glass with argon gas with very low thermal conductivity.

The Carmen Hotel, Mexico

User experience through art

Having solved the principles of utility and logic, we then focused on aesthetics. After analyzing the context, we concluded that because of the hotel’s location on the coast of Playa del Carmen, and the extensive number of competing hotels in the same prince range, the only way to stand out against the competition was to create a boutique hotel that gives added value to the client. In this case, the added value is a building that offers a relaxing experience, in harmony with nature, art and elegance for each of its users. The primary objective of the client is to compete commercially with quality offering a sustainable, unique and iconic product in the area.

The Carmen Hotel – Playa del Carmen, Mexico, steps from the Caribbean Sea.

The Carmen Hotel, Mexico

The Carmen Hotel is a chic, beachfront boutique hotel in the heart of Playa del Carmen.

The Carmen Hotel, Mexico – Building Information

Project Title: The Carmen Hotel
Client: Sagebrush
Architect: sanzpont [arquitectura]
Site area: 800 m2
Gross Floor area: 3000 m2
Location: Calle 8, Playa del Cármen, MX.
Project start date: 2013
Contact: Web:
Collaborators: Épica, Arbibe, DCM

The Carmen Hotel, Mexico

Photography: Santiago Heyser

The Carmen Hotel México building images / information from sanzpont [arquitectura]

sanzpont [arquitectura]

Location: Calle 8, Playa del Cármen, México, North America

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