A 1960's hotel turned student housing that fell into yellow-painted dereliction - such was the downward trajectory of a two-building complex in Santa Cruz, California. Totaling 116,300 square feet,it was ripe for conversion. The price was right for hotelier BPR Properties, and ODADA principal David Oldroyd was convinced of its potential. "I could see it as refined white concrete boxes surrounded by redwood trees," recalls the designer.
The modernist aesthetics reflect the lexicon developed by ODADA president and Interior Design Hall of Fame member Orlando Diaz-Azcuy. As for the obeisance to nature: the site, which is at the wooded base of the Santa Cruz mountains, demanded it. Once the dual design concept was established, the property’s name was a no-brainer: Hotel Paradox.