Grana BnB its the new addition to the family of Chaya BnB based in Mexico City.
Now emerging in the bursting city of Oaxaca de Juarez, right in the central district, Grana aims to keep up with the values of the experiential journey as a space that welcomes and hosts all travellers in this temporary warming home.
This hospitality project acts itself as a guest of a quintessential landmark building from the XVI century, called Casa Navarra. The pre-existing configuration of the property sets the limits and values of appropriation and transformation of the space itself.
Under strict preservation rules the project acts as a new layer bringing in a non existing architectural program housing 15 new rooms, a breakfasts salon and communal kitchen, a multipurpose lounge, a sunny central patio and an upcoming rooftop area along with an extensive array of service areas.
The guiding concept steams out from the Grana Cochineal, its prehispanic history, the transcultural transition in the Spanish intervention, the process of harvesting and extraction of the pigment, the duality between the Cactus as hosting specimen and the insect as the guest parasite, all resulting in the alchemy of a natural coloring matter, an intense red.
In addition to the expansive historical, social and creative context within Oaxaca a strong precept was set as a direction for design.
The materials used perform as the leading actors of the project, green hues proliferate through out the building from ceramic tiles that cover the walls in a bright glaze just like the ceramic pots from Santa María Atzompa, to the traditional green cantera that interlocks in iterative patterns of modules and finishing textures as it was accustomed back in the day. Way up on the rooftop the walls are splashed with a mix of cement and green earth extracted from the local mountains of Telixtlahuaca.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, the red reacts as a contrast. Coloring materials like the cement tile flooring, most of the new metal work or even in the choice of reddish wood grains ike the Cedar or the local Jobillo. But most important in the new introduced red matter, a substance of substances created with concrete and many other additives to impregnate the main core as well as some other scattered sparkles.
The heart of the house holds the key structure of the vertical circulation that connects the mundane on the floor area to the highest part of the building. A robust helicoidal metal staircase develops through this powerful red vertical tunnel leading to the panoramic views of the Valley of Oaxaca.
In the more private areas, like the bathrooms the matter transforms to sinuous surfaces that hold and flow streams of water. Like the signature bathtub or the sitting tubs and the sink formations the concrete diverge on continuous and organic surfaces.
The collaborative dynamics perform a fundamental part of the development of the project. With the help of artists and designers, local masters of the praised craftsmanship an effort of inputs was put into place. From their perspective and expertise they complemented the space through the construction of other matters. Introducing wood work, textiles, blown glass, clay and many other mediums to the extents of flora and vegetation. Their creative work found a stream to contribute to the space identity and material formation.
The outcome produced a bundle of layers, historic, conceptual and material that capture and emanate the frequency of the Grana into a vibrant space that will host many stories.
Pablo Kobayashi - Concrete (Sinks, tubs and Special Pastel)
Philippe Pascal - Carpentry (Room Chairs)
rrres - Textiles and Others (Cushions and Chair pattern design )
Do Studio - Blown Glass (Hanging Chandeliers)
Colectivo Dimetro - Diverse (Signage)
Casa Verde - Carpentry (Public Area Furniture)
Vives Verde - Plants (Garden and Landscape)
Variopinto - Textiles (Uniforms)
Flores Rudas, Plantas Rudas - Flowers
Maestra Florencia Méndez y Maestro Mendez - Green Clay (Pots and Comal Lamps)
Maestra Petrona Hernández - Green Clay (Hanging Lamps Screen)
Makaua - Palma (Furniture)
ASIC - Construction (Management and Execution)
Camila Cossio - Photography
María Pacheco - Photography
Conie Suarez Bravo - Photography
Gerardo Sandoval - Photography