FLOR DE MAYO HOTEL & RESTAURANT
Matamoros 49, Col. Centro
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Architecture & Design: Francisco Elias & Yamile Márquez
For the Flor de Mayo, up-and-coming designer and architect Francisco Elias of Elias Arquitectura collaborated with local architect Yamile Márquez to breathe new life into a protected 19th-century building, adapting floral ornamentation to the modern world.
It all starts with the central patio. Following a classic “parterre” concept, the patio garden is anchored by the hotel’s namesake Flor de Mayo tree and flanked by steel columns from which a variety of Mexican flowers grow, including Floripondio, Lantana and Quiebraplatos. Flowers also grow on the hotel’s 80sqm rooftop terrace and lounge area, which offers panoramic views of the city of Cuernavaca and the surrounding mountains.
The natural, floral theme continues inside the hotel, where the floor, walls and textiles all incorporate the five-petal Flor de Mayo theme. The light fixtures are inspired by organic shapes such as flowers, leaves and branches – fabricated in materials like brass and ceramic, they represent the fusion of the organic and the material world. A special collection of ceramics is inspired by the pollination of the Flor de Mayo flower: beeswax candles are supported by a five-petal base, while blossom-shaped iPod speakers fill the hotel’s 24 rooms with music. The floral exuberance extends even to the staff uniforms, with silhouettes inspired by regional insects and flowers – they are, after all, the real “pollinators” of the hotel, an integral part of the blossoming process.
The Flor de Mayo’s furniture closes the gap between the hotel’s past and its present, featuring special designs rendered in walnut, Corian and steel. There are also chairs from well-known designers such as the Bouroullec brothers, as well as rescued and restored local pieces.
From the beginning, the Flor de Mayo was conceived as a collaboration with the local Cuernavaca community, a home for young and rising architects, designers and artists. Locals have contributed to nearly every aspect of the hotel, down to the organic shower and bathroom amenities produced by an organization that provides support for women in need. The hotel also aims to make a positive impact on the global community, using energy-saving LED lighting and taking advantage of Cuernavaca’s year-round sun to generate heat and electricity via solar panels.