HOTEL PUERTA AMERICA | MADRID
The Hotel Puerta America in Madrid is a product of an innovative and bold concept. The idea was to commission various different designers and architects to create their respective parts of the hotel, presenting their unique and defining styles, but also working together to create a ‘unique’ unity.
The hotel includes thirteen floors and a restaurant and bar. Just some of the commissioned architects include Christian Liaigre, Zaha Hadid, Teresa Sapey, John Pawson, Marc Newson, Norman Foster, David Chipperfield, Plasma Studio, Ron Arad and others.
Each of them used their respective styles and the result is a bundle of amazing inspiration. Plasma Studio, for example, chose to use radical design features that greatly differ from conventional hotel designs characterized by linear bands and repetitive features creating identical units that do not seem to treat guests as individuals.
The fourth floor of the Hotel Puerta America is truly different. The space is fragmented and it seems to evolve as guests move through the corridors, which are made of stainless steel and shaped into angular sections creating a parametric tunnel. In order to help guests define their location in such a space, they used LED lights that cut through the space with changes in hues. As the guests walk into their rooms, they will experience a slight gradual change due to the fact that the entrances to the rooms are very similar to the corridors, but softer materials start appearing deeper into the room, which make it more conventional and practical. Still, LED lights in the ceiling remain reminiscent of the angularity of the entire fourth floor.
Christian Liaigre designed the restaurant area with high ceilings and naturally illuminated spaces, clearly drawn from Latin inspiration.
Zaha Hadid was in charge of the first floor which took her well known shape of fluid, sinuous lines and white, somewhat sterile, spaces with illuminated room numbers clearly visible at the lower parts of doors. Inside the rooms of the first floor, similar shapes continue, along with the complementing lighting.
Norman Foster drew on elegance and flexibility using hard dark and light color contrasts between floors and walls. The result is unobtrusive elegance and depth, but with somewhat minimalistic design of the rooms.
The third floor was designed by David Chipperfield. It features darker colors, but with clever lighting which makes the corridors, as well as the rooms very elegant and private.
Lively colors can be found on the fifth floor designed by Victorio & Luccino, drawing heavily on fashion inspiration.
Marc Newson’s floor is one of the options for the guests who prefer more conventional and elegant hotels, offering simple comfort and elegance.
Ron Arad’s floor boasts futuristic, sinuous shapes and bright lights, with noticeably differentiating elements inside the rooms.
There is so much more to see in the remaining rooms – ranging from traditional designs, to color and light interplays – so we shall cut the description and invite you to take a look at the pictures where you will undoubtedly find something inspirational in the creations of some of the world’s most revered architects and designers. [via] watch video below
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