The Drifter is housed in a reworked modernist structure that references the Googie style—a strand of futurist architecture that became prominent in the U.S. in the 1950s and borrowed influence from Space Race imagery and car culture through such elements as its asymmetric awning and the neon “motel” sign. Landscape architects Vida Design Studio also took the concrete parking lot—a defining feature of a motel—and converted it into a tropical courtyard that plays host to winding paths that take guests to out-of-the-way niches. Overall, the hotel’s structural form plays a pivotal role in the guiding Beat-era concept.
Nicole Cota Studio
Midcentury modernism dominates inside, with custom-made furnishings, vintage pieces, retro light fixtures, and Oaxacan tiles in the bedrooms, while other highlights include a cantilevered disco ball and a Barragan-inspiredwall.Artworks range from local creations to a statement Ralph Lauren wall display.
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