1. LATITUDE LA VICTORIA, MEXICO
Amidst the busy crossroads in the city of Queretaro, is the horizontal mixed-use development project that houses seven residential towers, two office towers and a shopping complex along with green space covering more than 18% of the terrain surface. It is a major recreational hub for both tourists and residents of the city.
The magnanimous entry to the shopping complex opens into an interconnection of open common circulation areas bringing in natural ventilation and light. The food court zoned into closed and semi-open areas with the latter being a common dining spot. The residential area has a common swimming pool with a landscape that organically overlaps the dressing rooms and common spaces.
2. PARK TOWERS, REPUBLIC OF DOMINICA
A modernist structure standing amidst the oldest cities of the Caribbean, The Park Towers is a symbol of Santo Domingo’s progression to a metropolis. It comprises two residential towers – the East Tower (22 floors) and West Tower (19 floors) interconnected by common areas at 1st, 9th, 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th and 19th floor with a panoramic view of the picturesque Santo Domingo.
The rooms are large and exquisite in East and West tower with an area of 670m2 and 574m2 respectively along with a penthouse each. The unison of floors between the towers facilitates ease of communication and access between family members and friends in both towers.
3. ULTRAVIOLETA BOUTIQUE RESIDENCES, REPUBLIC OF DOMINICA
Kite surfing and windsurfing, an adventure sport popular in the tourist flooded Caribbean town of Cabarete, is a frequent sight from the spacious terrace of these apartments. The minimalist architecture and extravagant interiors create balance and grandeur simultaneously amidst the lush gardens and tranquil environment.
These 21 luxury apartments come in six variations – One Bedroom, Two Bedroom, Two Bedroom Ultra, Three Bedroom with plunge pool and penthouse for two and three bedrooms – each with one or more private terrace or rooftop view facing the beach. As the sun sets, the deep blue lighting used for the pools transforms the aura of the place.
4. THE PALACE OF CULTURE AND COMMUNICATION (PALCCO)
The Palace of Culture and Communication regarded as one of the largest theatres in the world, has an indoor capacity of over 1800 in two levels, and an outdoor capacity of 5000 guests along with a 200-capacity auditorium that is well equipped with service areas and bar lounge.
An avant-garde pop in the congested backdrop of Zapopan, this stage is a witness to an intertwining of diverse multicultural expressions and technological advancement in the field of multimedia and telecommunication conveyed through galleries, museums, cyberspace, exhibition halls, music and dance schools, and the main square. The plazas and lakes outdoors is a relaxing spot after the show.
5. NAO FUN AND SHOPPING HOTEL INTERCONTINENTAL, CARTAGENA DE INDIAS COLOMBIA
This sea-facing vertical mixed-use development project housing apartments along with a shopping complex, casino, restaurant, an office, and a 280-room hotel, is the only one of its kind in the timeworn port city of Cartagena. The serene atmosphere of the apartment on one end and the brawling shopping center on the other coexisting as two worlds in a single space is indeed a marvel.
Achieving privacy to required spaces as well as providing connectivity across various zones all the while framing breathtaking panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea from every zone of the building is a challenge brilliantly achieved which has stood well over time.
6. HOTEL TRYP BY WYNDHAM ALBROOK MALL, PANAMA
Interconnected to Wyndham Albrook Mall, the largest shopping mall in Central America; Hotel Tryp boasts of its privileges of housing a large number of guests from all parts of the world.
The hotel is stacked in nine levels with the public spaces, conference rooms, and multi-cuisine restaurants filling the ground, first and the second floor while the rooms fill the upper floors. The rooftop swimming pool with a sunbathing area, gym, and lounge bar with a private tent and couch facing the glimmering city lights is the perfect place to unwind. This hotel is ideal for those arriving in Panama for business and relaxation.
7. BREATHLESS PUNTA CANA & SPA, REPUBLIC OF DOMINICA
Breathless Punta Cana is the true essence of the Caribbean luxury with limitless facilities provided that makes one forget their stress. Located in Cap Cana, this resort is an ideal wedding destination with over 700 suites, multi culinary restaurants, and stage set in the backdrop of the most stupendous views. The pastel theme used for the interior of the suites well compliments the lush green Caribbean landscape. There are eleven gourmet dining venues including eight a la carte restaurants, a buffet, a grill on the beach, and a cafe. Several guests opt for communal tables so they can interact with people of different cultures for a more social experience at the retreat.
8. NOW LARIMAR, REPUBLIC OF DOMINICA
A paradisiacal destination that cuts oneself off reality, Now Larimar is one of the most sought after retreat centers in The Dominican Republic. This Spanish colonial-inspired resort facing the oceans of Punta Cana offers a wide range of amenities to ensure a comfortable and luxurious stay at the resort. With over 728 rooms and suites and a wide range of multi-cuisine restaurants including seven à la carte restaurants including one for Preferred Club guests only, two buffets, a café, and two snack grills. There are several clubs designed, taking into account the age and interests of their guests – Explorer’s Club for kids, Core Zone Teens Club for teenagers, and family-friendly entertainment. They also provide facilities for smaller dogs with dog-friendly homes.
9. VICEROY HOTEL, MEXICO
The pearl white sand and the turquoise water that extends into the lush Riviera Mayan rainforests, a stay at the Viceroy Hotel is an enchanting yet tranquilizing experience. Located in Playa del Carmen, one of the most exotic destinations in Mexico, this resort features 41 Palapa thatched-roofed stucco villas with a noticeable influence of sophisticated yet simple Mayan architecture and aesthetics with locations ranging from oceanfront to jungle enclosed. Each villa features a private terrace, plunge pool, patio, and outdoor shower where visitors can enjoy picturesque views and be one with nature. The resort also features an authentic dining experience overlooking the Caribbean Sea.
10. MODERN IPADE, MEXICO
Located in Guadalajara, one of the most magical cities in western Mexico, this contemporary structure designed for The Pan-American Institute of Higher Business incorporates multiple buildings in a single complex that infuses seamlessly with the landscape’s contours. It consists of seven buildings with the administrative block spreading out spaciously within, 22 cafeterias, a snack bar, an industrial kitchen, 4 auditoriums, an oratorio, and an esplanade to conduct events. A peaceful natural ambiance envelops the rooftop garden, an artificial lake, and a promenade adjacent to a waterfall with a reflecting pool. The institute is well sufficient with basic amenities within the complex.
11. THE COVE, REPUBLIC OF DOMINICA
The thatched-roofed huts standing elegantly on stilts in a row along the shores of the Cabrera River Zone in the Dominican Republic, The Cove is an example of sophisticated yet effortless in its design. Spanning up to 25 hectares, this retreat blends as one with nature with its tropical vegetation and cool color tones, making it a heavenly honeymoon destination. The yellow-tinged lighting used near the pools and open to sky bedroom create a dreamy ambiance to the surrounding. Each villa owns its jetty and a boat so the visitors can travel across the river for a full view of the Cabrera.
12. UVM CAMPUS, ZAPOPAN
Designing a sustainable green building is the main notion behind the design for the UVM Campus in Zapopan thus giving rise to one of the most significant pioneering examples of the trend in architecture and building towards sustainability in Mexico and Latin America. Bioclimatic and eco technical techniques were applied throughout the site, taking into account the climatic conditions of the site, water conservation, and economical use of electricity through passive ventilation, and adequate use of sun’s orientation. Designed for 8000 undergraduate and high school students, 20 percent of the total area of this campus is considered a green building with about 75 thousand plants of different species positioned according to functionality that enhances the life within the campus, taking into account water consumption, depth of roots and the amount of shade provided.
13. IMPERIAL WORLD, MEXICO
Imperial World, also known as Mundo Imperial, is a purely entertainment and hospitality intended complex comprising the following blocks: Forum Mundo Imperial, Palacio Mundo Imperial, Princess Mundo Imperial, and Pierre Mundo Imperial. Located in Riviera Diamante in Acapulco, each of the blocks stands with its unique identity independent from the other. Forum Mundo Imperial is a convention center and theatre exclusively for drama, music shows, etc. Princess and Palacio Mundo Imperial are business-oriented luxury hotels with multiple conference halls accommodating a large number of guests whereas Pierre Mundo Imperial is an intimate retreat amidst the palm trees and serene ocean view.
14. LORETO SQUARE, MEXICO
Plaza Loreto, originally Loreto Paper Mill, is a structure with a historical background, whose essence stayed unwavering over centuries since 1759. It converted to a paper factory and later merged with Pobre paper factory by the early 19th century. By the 20th century, Carlos Slim’s grupo CARSO acquired the factory and with the help of the architect, remodeled it into a mixed indoor-outdoor shopping mall. He also established Museo Soumaya, a museum in honor of his deceased wife Soumaya Doumit in Plaza Loreto. The museum comprised of permanent exhibits of Slim’s art collection mainly by artists like Salvador Dali and Auguste Rodin and other temporary exhibits.
15. SABOGA ISLAND, PANAMA
An island of the Pearls Archipelago, Saboga Island spanning up to 755 hectares is one of the most sought after getaway destinations in Panama. Its development plan worth 18 million dollars initiated by Group del Sol with the architect, and others; put forward initiatives for roads, water treatment, and electricity following the necessary regulations to preserve the natural beauty, the charm, and the history of the island while creating an elite resort community and fostering an upscale modern lifestyle for residents and visitors. Its first phase, El Encanto, which offers nature, inspired Oceanfront Estates and Beach Treehouse Villas, is already more than forty percent sold. To preserve the natural integrity, all phases will be on the coastal rim of the island with less than one-third of the land used for construction and the rest remaining intact. The existing water reserve will obtain fresh water in three ways; a collection of rainwater that is purified and stored in tanks; a freshwater well which gathers water from hundreds of meters below the surface, and a desalination plant. In addition to the existing power plant, Group del Sol and its team of experts are studying various energy alternatives on the island such as repopulation of confiscated birds and iguanas as well as the replanting of trees and greenery.