Architectural 'dream team' design super hotel

21st January 2005, Comments 0 comments

21 January 2005, MADRID-An all-star team of international architects and designers will put the finishing touches on an eclectic and luxurious internationally themed Madrid hotel - the Puerta America.

21 January 2005

MADRID-An all-star team of international architects and designers will put the finishing touches on an eclectic and luxurious internationally themed Madrid hotel - the Puerta America.

Among those taking part in the project are Briton Norman Foster, France's Jean Nouvel, Richard Gluckman of the United States and Spaniard Javier Mariscal.

The Hotel Puerta America, whose name means "gate of America," is destined to become an architectural milestone, according to some of its creators, who say the structure will be as much a museum as a lodging place for well-heeled guests.

The hotel, made by Spain's Silken Hotels, overlooks one of Madrid's main thoroughfares, the Avenida de America.

Besides the big names mentioned above, Silken has recruited architects such as Japan's Arata Isozaki, Scotswoman Kathryn Findlay, Israeli Ron Arad, London-based Venezuelans Eva Castro and Holger Kehne, Britain's David Chipperfield and Iraqi-born Pritzker Prize winner Zaha Hadid.

Also taking part is Australian designer Marc Newson.

Each of the participants will occupy himself or herself with a particular floor or area of the building.

The hotel will thus allow guests to "spend a few hours in the world of each of them," said Silken executive Pablo Couto.

Costing an estimated USD 97 million, the 12-story hotel will have 342 rooms - including a dozen suites - and 644 parking spaces.

The concept for the hotel arose from the idea of creating a blend of diverse cultural elements from the Americas analogous to the fusion reflected in the daily life of Madrid.

The facade of the Puerta America, decorated in gradually muting shades of yellow, orange, red, burgundy and violet, also includes inscriptions of fragments from the poem "Liberty" by Paul Eluard (1895-1952) in the original French as well as in other languages, including English and Spanish.

Each of the hotel's spaces has been conceived as a separate world imbued with the personality of the individual artist who designed it.

The restaurants, guest rooms, hallways, gardens and even the parking garage reflect distinctive, avant-garde approaches.

While some rooms feature panoramic windows or round beds, others have no interior walls, while other rooms have a one-piece unit comprising the bed, bathtub, closet and desk.

Eva Castro's winding hallways use colour to guide guests to their destinations within the hotel.

Madrid's mayor, Alberto Ruiz Gallardon, said the completion of the structure will bring the number of hotel rooms in the Spanish capital to 26,000 - the minimum specified by the International Olympic Committee for cities seeking to host the games.

He suggested that the extra rooms will help Madrid beat  London, Paris, New York and Moscow to stage the 2012 Summer Olympics.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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