Manolo Caracol Hostel
Panama City, Panama
This small hostel is located on a 90m2 site on a pedestrian passage just off one of the main access routes into Panama City’s “Casco Antiguo”, or historic quarter, designated by UNESCO as a World Patrimonial Site in 1997. Given that restoration and rehabilitation projects in the area are regulated in accordance with strict architectural and urban design guidelines, the project expresses a minimalist architecture rooted in the 19th century wooden structures still to be found in the vicinity.
The hostel is organized on five levels, with a small kitchen on a basement level, reception and a café on the ground level and three levels of three rooms each that have access to continuous porches that wrap around the building. The building structure consists of wide flange steel columns and beams that support concrete floors cast over exposed metal decks. The building facades consist of teak cladding, wood frame doors and windows, surmounted by a corrugated “galvalume” roof.
The hostel has been visualized and planned as a key element within a network of commercial facilities currently being developed in the Casco Antiguo by the owners of the renowned restaurant “Manolo Caracol”.