Hotel, Haciendas de Cerro Azul

Panama City, Republic of Panama

The master plan for a hotel located on this mountaintop is meant to elicit an ancient and earthly presence between sky, mountains, and rainforest. The hotel is organized into discrete pavilions and cabanas placed along the natural contours, minimizing site disruption. The tactile quality of materials and the natural terrain create a seamless integration of architecture and natural environment.

The hotel is a part of a larger country club development and is surrounded by a 36 hole golf course which is located 25 km from the center of Panama City. The hotel is organized around four principal public spaces, a pedestrian promenade, and a loop road accessing the private cabanas. The public spaces include an arrival plaza, a recreation plaza and swimming pool, tennis courts, and a scenic hilltop overlook. The hotel guest suites are organized into individual cabanas and gardens placed along the natural contours of the site. The individual areas are visually separated by buildings, trees, and topography while joined together by the pedestrian way and loop road.