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|Discussion||Hotel Camino Real Commentary
The Creator's Words
"Cancún is more water than land. The Hotel Camino Real site was originally 70 percent water. It had been filled during the urbanization process.
"I wanted to return the site to its original status, so we built the guest room block on solid rock and the public areas on piles, and then excavated what was originally the lagoon. The difference in tide levels provides the necessary water circulation to keep the new lagoon clean.
"Public areas stretch from the entrance past the lobby bar and pool bar, restaurants, lagoon-side terraces, and finally across a causeway to the pavilion of private rooms. The blocks of roomsone vertical, the other inclinedâ overlook either the sea beyond or the placid lagoon area. All rooms are approached through a lushly planted sheltered space created by the juxtaposed blocks of rooms."
Ricardo Legorreta. from Wayne Attoe, ed. assisted by Sydney H. Brisker. The Architecture of Ricardo Legorreta. p108.
Sources on Hotel Camino Real
Wayne Attoe, ed. assissted by Sydney H. Brisker. The Architecture of Ricardo Legorreta. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1990. ISBN 0-292-75106-0. LC 89-4971. NA759.L44A87 1990. discussion, p108.
Dennis Sharp. Twentieth Century Architecture: a Visual History. New York: Facts on File, 1990. ISBN 0-8160-2438-3. NA680.S517. exterior photo, p323. Available at Amazon.com
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