Just around the corner from one of Mexico City’s most iconic avenues lies a surprising respite of serenity modeled after Japan’s traditional countryside inns known as ‘ryokans.’
Wrapped in a sculptural facade inspired by the folds of origami, this unique property is Ryo Kan MX, a boutique hotel that has been billed as the "first ryokan in Latin America."
With just 10 rooms, its simple yet elegant design is the work of architect Regina Galvanduque of GLVDK Studio, who fused elements of Japanese hospitality and style with Mexican materials and cutting-edge technology.
Tasked with developing Ryo Kan MX’s overall concept, Regina led the design of not only the architecture, but also the interiors, art, branding and tableware, all of which have been defined by locally sourced materials and textures with Japanese-inspired styling.
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The 10 rooms—each named after a Japanese number—have been styled in the image of traditional ryokan spaces, yet are updated to incorporate modern automated conveniences.
"Ryo Kan MX brings to Mexico City the concept of ‘mindful hospitality,’ inspired by the values and principles of Japanese culture: simplicity, love of nature, respect for local natural materials, and community," explains the staff at the hotel.
"We combine and present it all in a detailed-oriented style of service, in turn, creating a new outlook in responsible tourism with a fusion of Japanese and Mexican values, which will redefine the standard for a small lodge in the sprawling metropolis."
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