Flavia Luxury Hotel – a sculptural project by RootStudio

The boutique hotel, Flavia, has been designed in harmony with its Oaxaca surroundings. It celebrates the contrast between the exterior structure and its cosy interior, which enhances the sensory experience…

swimming pool with text on the floor surrounded by sculptural garden

A precise ratio between ITS natural surroundings, the volumes and the space were the guidelines that defined the design of Flavia Luxury Hotel, whose atmosphere evokes sensations and stories inspired by all the wealth of Oaxaca. The building, designed by João Boto Cæiro for RootStudio, is situated on the flanks of the San Felipe mountain in the natural reserve of the Cordillera de la Sierra Norte in Oaxaca. It was developed in accordance with the rhythms of an organic and sculptural planning method. Boto Cæiro shaped the building in such a manner that it maintained the specific characteristics of the land surface, adapting itself to the natural slope of the terrain and alternating the spaces, proportions, light and shadow with the endemic vegetation and raw materials such as concrete, timber and glass.

view through concrete structure and a round window down onto bathroom with central bath below the opening in Flavia Luxury Hotel by Rootstudio

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Entering the quintessential RootStudio design, means finding oneself in a dynamic, emotional atmosphere, where the pared-back simplicity is the result of a deep reflection on the mission of contemporary architecture. The result is a unique lodging with a restaurant, panoramic pool and 11 guestrooms each with their own atmosphere and layout.

Guests can enjoy the eclectic character of this building with four double-height stories, complemented by the sculptural landscaping by Luis Zárate—renowned for his work on Oaxaca’s Ethnobotanical Garden—that introduces cacti, pochote trees, pitayas, and aquatic plants to the gardens, courtyards, and terraces.

aerial view of cactus garden with abstract sculptural shapes at hotel flavia

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The hotel façade is dominated by the rustic character of raw concrete, contrasting with the warmth and elegance of the interior. The colour palette of the public spaces and suites was built around five earth hues that harmonize with the tropical timber and the omnipresent force of the concrete.

chandelier and tapestry in contrast to the concrete in the design of boutique hotel flavia

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A singular characteristic of Flavia hotel is the sensory impression produced by each of its rooms, all of which are unique while maintaining a dialogue with each other. An example of this is Bunker, an underground room that is so well illuminated it becomes the antithesis of its name. Likewise, luminosity is a feature of both Nubes and Copal rooms, the latter dominated by striking picture windows. The Teatro room, as its name suggests, emphasises the dramatic character of a space that invites introspection, while Kundavi, Biblioteca, Cuarto de Máquinas and Xolo embrace the warmth of woods as a leading element. Finally, in Roja, Selva, and Kuni rooms the contrast between textures is the principal theme.

The furnishings throughout the hotel were expressly created to project a rich sense of sophistication alongside the works of local artists who bring their aesthetic to the different spaces of the boutique hotel. Included are works by Sabino Guisu, Adán Paredes, Dali Nieto, Jesús Cuevas, Rolando Rojas, Francisco López Monterrosa, and Lucio Santiago. The Flavia experience is complemented by a range of different amenities, such as a wellness zone, a private function room and an organic vegetable garden that reinforce its mission of inviting guests to discover Oaxaca from the singular perspective of a kaleidoscope of emotions, stories, and sensations.

Image credit: Lizzet and Deslior

Image credit: Lizzet and Deslior

Based in Oaxaca City and directed by João Boto Cæiro, RootStudio was founded in 2009 as a multidisciplinary studio that encompasses architecture, design, illustration, painting, and sculpture. Over more than a decade of work, RootStudio has forged a unique signature that distinguishes its projects and Flavia Luxury Hotel joins its portfolio, whose common denominator lies in a harmonious integration with the landscape and a total commitment to social responsibility.

Main image credit: Lizzet and Deslior