In Hospitalet, South door of Barcelona, a double white and black 110 meters high tower emerges from a garden of palm trees. Privileged space of the new Square of Europe, it is a garden of shadows, lights and freshness. Hotel Catalonia is an invitation to luxury, emphasized by a generous vegetable canopy.
On all the height, two outside loggias unite both buildings. They welcome a luxuriant vertical landscape, lined with the passageways of bedrooms and crossed by a “piranesian” game constituted by the terraces and the staircases. Halfway up, a garden surrounds the building like a cold greenhouse and filters the sun. Behind the plants, we guess at the restaurant of the hotel. In the summit, a crown of palm trees emerges from the terraces of the suites, the fitness and the swimming pool.
In the East, in the South and in the West, facades are bright, white, almost blinding. In the North, the facade is black, matt. No window but openings which take shape and merge in plant printed patterns on glass and "esgrafiados" in concrete.
The matter is mutant.
In the daytime and at night, the palm leaves print their shadows on grounds, façades and passageways. The lights are direct, filtered or backed. The shadows are projected or “ombres chinoises”. The lighting effects are unstable. They slip into the bedrooms. On walls, ceilings, curtains, sheets…
Every customer finds a space adapted to his pleasures and his needs among 358 bedrooms. Business rooms, perfectly sized, hyper connected, for one night congress participants; alcoves for shared pleasures; junior suites and suites in which bedroom, bathroom and living room work in synergy and match in accordance with the desires of the customer.
Another way to live and stay in Barcelona.
STATUS Built. Inaugurated in September 2012
LOCATION Plaza Europa 50-52, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelone (ES)
CLIENT Private: Hoteles Catalonia
ARCHITECTS Ateliers Jean Nouvel (Paris, FR) et RIBAS & RIBAS Arquitectos (Barcelone, ES)
ADVISOR TO JEAN NOUVEL Emmanuel BLAMONT
PROJECT LEADERS Damien RENCHON, José Miguel POMARES
Project: Markus FRANK, Eric NESPOULOS, Joan PAU, Yasmina PEREZ, Gonzalo RUIZ, Victor SANCHEZ, Julia TUPPER, Fina URPI
Execution: Gregoire GIOT, Jeremy LEBARILLEC, Cristina PERALES, Adriana RIBAS, Cristina SANCHEZ, Jordi SINFREU, Yvonne WEBER, Pau GOMEZ, EMA
Project: Sabrina LETOURNEUR
Execution: Odile FILLON (JND), Sabrina LETOURNEUR
GRAPHIC DESIGN Marie MAILLARD, José Miguel POMARES, Natalie SACCU DE FRANCHI
Structure: Manuel ARGUIJO y asociados, S.L.
Building services: Ramón ROCA
Landscape: Bet Figueras, Manuel COLOMINAS
Façades: Biosca & Botey
Acoustics: Joan ALTAVELLA
Lighting design: Lumières Studio (Odile SOUDANT)
DATES Competition: 01.2005
Studies: 2005 – 2007
Construction: 04.2008 – 09.2012
CONTRACT TYPE Full design services, interior design, furniture
PROGRAM 105-meter tower, 356-room hotel including 6 suites, congress center.
Ground floor: Hotel lobby; 1st – 12th floors: Rooms; 14th floor: Restaurant; 14th – 23rd floors: Rooms; Basements: Congress center
Height: 105 m
Floor area – tower: 975 m²
Gross volume: 130 000 m³
Hotel: 22 000 m²
Congress center: 1 500 m²
Restaurant: 700 m²
Retail: 60 m²
Public space: 1 500 m²
Circulation area: 3 560 m²
Car park: 4 500 m²
Plant room: 1 430 m²
USABLE FLOOR AREA 22 000 m²
GROSS FLOOR AREA 26000 m²