In the world-famous hotel zone of Cancun on the Yucatan peninsula, Ushuaïa is to be built facing the heavenly Caribbean Sea.
The global concept of Ushuaïa is to be more than a beach hotel: it is a declaration of taking experience to the limits. This means that sensorial diversity becomes the central motif of the architectural proposal, where it is the architecture that carries users to this equilibrium between striking sensations and spaces of calm that build a wide range of spaces and forms of perceiving Ushuaïa.
The project is centered around a bold architectural proposal, an immediately identifiable building able to harmoniously accommodate the diverse uses that will coexist within. The architectural volume encloses a large elevated central space intended to be the heart of the whole project and of the Ushuaïa experience. To each side of this rise volumes defined by their uses: hotel on one side and residential on the other. The elevated position of the central space generates a platform that provides autonomy for each flow of users, without placing limits on simultaneous use by those enjoying an event in the central space, those staying in the hotel, and those who own residential units.
The bridges that link the two volumes generate important architectural advantages as they emphasize the concept of the plaza within the central space and enable the generation of better quality spaces in terms of views and exposure.
This volumetric solution generates three wide strips on the site that allow for differentiation between three vehicular access routes, one for the hotel, another for the central space—which will host countless events—and the last for residents. This makes it possible to separate these entrances from the rest of the complex, thus generating the best sensation of arrival. Beneath the central platform is the motor lobby and the independent access control.
Taking maximum advantage of the potential of the roof space of each volume, a private amenity zone is located above the residential volume, the sky concert area above the first bridge, and finally—closer to the sea—the “I’m on the top of the world” suite, with the sky bar on the second bridge.
The central terrace descends to the sea in steps, linking with the residence and hotel lobbies and generating a platform for enjoying the sea from spaces distributed between pools, restaurants, and dense planting.