Hotel InterContinental Managua [1969]

Neal Prince

Neal Prince (et al.) designed the InterContinental Managua in Nicaragua in the guise of a typical Mayan pyramidal formation with 210 rooms that step inwards as you rise towards the apex. Now the Crowne Plaza, Prince’s design includes a free-formed pool with adjacent snack bar, three restaurants and an elegant cocktail lounge. Though hotel and high density residential designs of the time were reaping the benefits of mass standardisation of components, Prince had a mandate that stressed individuality in the design – one that would reflect the nuances of a particular context.

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