Barcelona: Renaissance Barcelona Fira Hotel (Spain)

Renaissance Barcelona Fira Hotel

 

Renaissance Fira Hotel, Barcelona by Jean Nouvel 03_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Imagine being commissioned to design a hotel in the middle of nowhere, but within walking distance of a convention centre. When there’s not much of a view, and not much context at ground level to respond to, what do you do?

When Jean Nouvel was engaged to design a hotel on the outskirts of Barcelona, near the Convention and Exhibition Halls of the Fira Barcelona, he decided to use the project to explore some broader ideas and question some preconceptions about what a ‘business’ hotel might be.

Renaissance Fira Hotel, Barcelona by Jean Nouvel 04_Stephen Varady Photo ©

The building is a composition of two simple rectangular blocks with exposed exit stairs at the end.

Renaissance Fira Hotel, Barcelona by Jean Nouvel 06_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Renaissance Fira Hotel, Barcelona by Jean Nouvel 07_Stephen Varady Photo ©

The façades are clad in a white glass covered with a repeated pattern of palms. Some of these palms are the windows to the hotel rooms behind.

Renaissance Fira Hotel, Barcelona by Jean Nouvel 08_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Renaissance Fira Hotel, Barcelona by Jean Nouvel 05_Stephen Varady Photo ©

At the northern end the glass cladding is black, appearing more like a shaded view through a forest of trees, hinting at the lush landscape that lies within the void over the front entrance.

Renaissance Fira Hotel, Barcelona by Jean Nouvel 10_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Renaissance Fira Hotel, Barcelona by Jean Nouvel 11_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Renaissance Fira Hotel, Barcelona by Jean Nouvel 12_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Renaissance Fira Hotel, Barcelona by Jean Nouvel 13_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Renaissance Fira Hotel, Barcelona by Jean Nouvel 14_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Renaissance Fira Hotel, Barcelona by Jean Nouvel 15_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Renaissance Fira Hotel, Barcelona by Jean Nouvel 16_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Renaissance Fira Hotel, Barcelona by Jean Nouvel 17_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Renaissance Fira Hotel, Barcelona by Jean Nouvel 18_Stephen Varady Photo ©

More of this landscaped void can be glimpsed if one looks up through the glass roof over the hotel lobby.

Renaissance Fira Hotel, Barcelona by Jean Nouvel 19_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Access to the hotel floors is via a bank of glass lifts which look back over the industrial landscape outside…

Renaissance Fira Hotel, Barcelona by Jean Nouvel 20_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Renaissance Fira Hotel, Barcelona by Jean Nouvel 21_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Renaissance Fira Hotel, Barcelona by Jean Nouvel 22_Stephen Varady Photo ©

… or into this very special ‘garden-in-the-sky’.

Renaissance Fira Hotel, Barcelona by Jean Nouvel 23_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Renaissance Fira Hotel, Barcelona by Jean Nouvel 24_Stephen Varady Photo ©

With hotel rooms placed on either side of the building, a huge public space has been created in the middle.

Renaissance Fira Hotel, Barcelona by Jean Nouvel 25_Stephen Varady Photo ©

The spectacular atrium garden is open to the outside at the front, and connected across 24 floors by a series of Piranesi-inspired bridges, platforms and stairs, mostly planted with palms, and vines.

Renaissance Fira Hotel, Barcelona by Jean Nouvel 26_Stephen Varady Photo ©

This design approach totally eliminates standard internalised corridors, replaces air conditioning with natural ventilation, and creates a dramatic ‘jungle’ atmosphere.

Renaissance Fira Hotel, Barcelona by Jean Nouvel 27_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Renaissance Fira Hotel, Barcelona by Jean Nouvel 28_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Nouvel has used super-large photos in previous projects, like The Hotel, Lucerne, and uses metal panels here, printed with a slightly blurry jungle photo to enhance the landscaping.

Renaissance Fira Hotel, Barcelona by Jean Nouvel 29_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Renaissance Fira Hotel, Barcelona by Jean Nouvel 30_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Renaissance Fira Hotel, Barcelona by Jean Nouvel 31_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Renaissance Fira Hotel, Barcelona by Jean Nouvel 32_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Renaissance Fira Hotel, Barcelona by Jean Nouvel 33_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Renaissance Fira Hotel, Barcelona by Jean Nouvel 34_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Renaissance Fira Hotel, Barcelona by Jean Nouvel 35_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Renaissance Fira Hotel, Barcelona by Jean Nouvel 36_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Renaissance Fira Hotel, Barcelona by Jean Nouvel 37_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Renaissance Fira Hotel, Barcelona by Jean Nouvel 38_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Renaissance Fira Hotel, Barcelona by Jean Nouvel 39_Stephen Varady Photo ©

This would be a wonderful place to retreat to after another hard day at a trade fair.

Renaissance Fira Hotel, Barcelona by Jean Nouvel 40_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Renaissance Fira Hotel, Barcelona by Jean Nouvel 41_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Renaissance Fira Hotel, Barcelona by Jean Nouvel 42_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Renaissance Fira Hotel, Barcelona by Jean Nouvel 43_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Renaissance Fira Hotel, Barcelona by Jean Nouvel 44_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Renaissance Fira Hotel, Barcelona by Jean Nouvel 45_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Renaissance Fira Hotel, Barcelona by Jean Nouvel 46_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Renaissance Fira Hotel, Barcelona by Jean Nouvel 48_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Renaissance Fira Hotel, Barcelona by Jean Nouvel 49_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Renaissance Fira Hotel, Barcelona by Jean Nouvel 50_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Renaissance Fira Hotel, Barcelona by Jean Nouvel 51_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Renaissance Fira Hotel, Barcelona by Jean Nouvel 52_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Renaissance Fira Hotel, Barcelona by Jean Nouvel 53_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Renaissance Fira Hotel, Barcelona by Jean Nouvel 54_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Renaissance Fira Hotel, Barcelona by Jean Nouvel 55_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Renaissance Fira Hotel, Barcelona by Jean Nouvel 56_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Renaissance Fira Hotel, Barcelona by Jean Nouvel 57_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Renaissance Fira Hotel, Barcelona by Jean Nouvel 58_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Renaissance Fira Hotel, Barcelona by Jean Nouvel 59_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Renaissance Fira Hotel, Barcelona by Jean Nouvel 60_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Renaissance Fira Hotel, Barcelona by Jean Nouvel 61_Stephen Varady Photo ©

Renaissance Fira Hotel, Barcelona by Jean Nouvel 62_Stephen Varady Photo ©

 

IMAGES

 

FURTHER INFORMATION:

Place: Renaissance Barcelona Fira Hotel

Architect: Ateliers Jean Nouvel (with Ribas & Ribas Architects)

Photographer: Stephen Varady

Additional Information: Dezeen (21 Feb 2014)

Map: Renaissance Barcelona Fira Hotel

 

Go to the MENU (above right) to sign up to receive regular posts.

And you may also like to view the links below:

 

ABOUT STEPHENVARADY_ARCHITRAVELLER

 

ALSO HAVE A LOOK AT STEPHENVARADY_INTERIORTRAVELLER

 

ALSO HAVE A LOOK AT STEPHENVARADY_ARCHITECTURE

 

ALSO HAVE A LOOK AT STEPHENVARADY_CREATIVITYBLOG

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s