The property is part of a set of corner buildings built in the nineteenth century a few meters from the Bay of Havana.
In 2014, based on the client’s request to convert the property into a boutique hostel and the No.3 Protection Degree that the building has, an investigation was carried out within the regulatory framework of the area. Once the regulations that allowed the addition of two levels above the original structure of the property had been identified and taking into account the indefinite typology of the area, and the exceptional double-order condition of the building, a proposal was developed that incorporates new common spaces and expands the original housing stock of the residence.
The proposal is conditioned by the surrounding heights and the desire to ventilate and capture natural light without damaging the interior spaces of neighboring buildings. Which allowed the proposal to reinterpret common places, such as patios, interior galleries and vertical circulations.
The circulation of the new building gives the prominence to the bedrooms. At the same time that they generate intimate and private spaces, building a new landscape and protecting from the elements.
Projecting from a concept of material absence was one of the main challenges for this project. Which prioritized, especially, the collaboration with local agents that would promote the emerging and incipient local materials industry, as well as the development of old trades.