Quinua is made up of five independent apartments, an atrium and a viewpoint from which there is a breathtaking view of the historical centre of the city. The complex of buildings is completed by the reception and its service areas.
Its facade reproduces Cusco’s colonial style in its most beautiful form: window frames made of cedar wood with wrought iron grills, hand-carved wooden balconies and a gorgeous aijmez (small corner balcony).
EXCLUSIVITY - Quinua’s overall capacity is for 10 guests, who are spread out over 3 levels – as the antique inca terracing system at the location allows – and around an atrium and viewpoint. This allows the guests exclusivity and privacy.
THEMED APARTMENTS - Inspired by the archaeological finds found on site, we decided to furbish the Apartment Hotel according to a particular theme – namely, history. And so, in order to design the various apartments as we aimed to, we travelled back in history, back to the pre-Inca cultures with the myth of the Ayar siblings for the two Inca apartments and one in the colonial style, up to modern times for the contemporary apartment.
The furniture in each apartment, as well as the fabrics and, in some cases, the candelabras too, were exclusively designed and fit in with the respective historical themes. In order to achieve this, the items did not only have to be designed, but, much more than that, a large number of local artists and craftsmen were necessary. In this context, the graphic artist Miguel Angel Araoz Cartagena, the metalwork artist (sculptor) Oswaldo Povea Vilca and the carvers of the traditional Estrada family should be mentioned, particularly Antarki Estrada for the wood sculptures. We should state again that more than 80% of the furnishings were handcrafted by local workers. The realisation of these designs and of the whole project was funded by the Uruguayan artist and illustrator Martha Silva Gutiérrez (firstname.lastname@example.org).
ON SITE MUSEUM - Quinua was built on a terraced area. The archaeological excavations (August, September and October 2005) dated the walls found there as pre-Inca/early Inca. Two terraces were unearthed, of which the second should be highlighted as the one which features the typical traits of cultural overlay in Cusco. It stands out due to a lower part from the pre-Hispanic period and a further layer from the colonial period. The whole construction matches the level system which was created by the Inca terracing. In addition, fragments of Inca pottery are displayed in two of the apartments. These are integrated into the room design by way of display cases like those familiar from museums.