Building foundations with Jean Nouvel and Frank Gehry
Design Awards 2010
A study in black and white, the Habita MTY is an oasis of design indulgence located in one of Mexico's commercial hubs. Known for his signature greyscale style, Parisbased designer Joseph Dirand has stuck with what he knows best: the lobby is all polished concrete, while the restaurant and lounge come with ranch-style antlers and vintage furnishings. It is in the rooms, however, that the chequerboard theme really comes into its own: white-washed floors contrast with blacked-out walls, white futon beds sparkle in the dark, and bathrooms come decked in black and white marble fixtures. The spartan feel of the rooms overspills onto the top floor terrace (pictured below), where the bar and pool offer dramatic views over the Monterrey skyline. A homage to modernism, the curved concrete tower was designed by local firm Landa Arquitectos. As with all Habita hotels, the menu for the modern Mexican restaurant has been created by award-winning chef Enrique Olvera.
Address: José Vasconcelos 150 Oriente, San Pedro Garza García, Nuevo León, Mexico
Key features:Located in one of Mexico’s biggest corporate centres; striking black and white minimalist interiors; rooftop bar and pool with panoramic views; fine dining restaurant by Enrique Olvera
Number of rooms: 39
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