TBI Architecture & Engineering designs Hotel Vincci Gala Barcelona

Vincci Hoteles opened the Hotel Vincci Gala Barcelona for the Activ-Group.

The property located in Barcelona, Spain boasts the design of TBI Architecture & Engineering.  The lead architect was Stefan Richter, and the interior designer was Gregor Mertens. The consulting engineers for the project were Grupo IPI S.A. and EMG; license planning was by architect Jorge Campreciós; and the technical architect was Carlos Mir.

In addition to architecture and interior design, the TBI office was also responsible for lighting, decoration and graphic design.

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The Hotel Vincci Gala is a four-star hotel with 78 rooms, bar, restaurant, meeting rooms and various terraces, situated in a period building in Barcelona´s Eixample district.

The design of the new Hotel Vincci Gala is marked by two requirements. Firstly, the obligation of the Monument Protection Department of Barcelona to conserve both the facade and a white marble staircase inside the building; and secondly, the name of the Hotel, Gala, referring to the wife and muse of the surrealist painter Salvador Dalí.

The project reconciles contrasts between the old and the new, and the elegant and the informal. The color gold is the keynote of this hotel, repeated in different shades and applications, both on the facade and the interior of the building. This is combined with organic shapes and contrasts between light and dark. The main material used is metal, instead of the stone and marble of the original architecture.

The most common areas of the hotel are located on the ground floor. These are mainly divided into three spaces: the lobby, lounge area and the bar. The lobby has a white marble staircase with a darker interior designed to further emphasize the staircase.  

The hotel bar is situated under the central staircase, forming a rectangular box encased with anodized gold expanded aluminum panels. An element of black Corian frames the opening of the bar and forms a contrast between its organic shape in deep black and the rectangular gold box.

In the transition to the bar, the pavement changes from black marble to light oak flooring. The lounge area is situated beside the central staircase. Wooden covered pillars form a barcode frame.

A restaurant with a breakfast buffet and two meeting rooms is located in the basement. Mobile partition panels enable the space to be divided as necessary.

The central atrium is the heart of the hotel. Golden aluminum chains hang like a veil over the glass balustrades. Dark linear patterns are integrated in order to create a singular optical effect. In addition, strings of LED light were integrated into the hand rails to make the golden curtain shine. The geometric design of the curtains was extended to the doors of the rooms and the patterns on the flooring in the hallways.

The main facade of the hotel is divided into two parts: the old neoclassical facade and a new three-story extension. The facade of the extension consists of a curtain wall and a layer of panels of expanded metal. 

In the inner courtyard, terraces are located on different levels. A terrace on the first floor, reached by the central staircase, serves as a lounge terrace with sofas, armchairs and an outdoor bar. On the ground floor is a terrace with smaller dimensions and with direct access from the hotel bar. Meanwhile, in the basement is a patio that provides natural light to the restaurant and meeting rooms.

Most rooms of the property follow the same distribution concept. The rooms have a z-shaped element made of laminated dark anthracite colored wood, integrated headboard, armoire and wall covering. The color palette includes gold and gray tones.

For illumination, indirect linear lighting and decorative suspended lamps were used, with attention given to the tone and color of the light. A lighting control system helps save electricity.

The graphic design used by the property contains a reduced signage of pictograms designed especially for this hotel, and inspired by the handwriting of Salvador Dalí.

There are various environmentally friendly features in the property. The atrium joins all levels and provides the building with natural light. The design of the inner courtyard façade, which is orientated to the south, makes use of prefabricated GRC (glass reinforced concrete) panels, protecting the facade from solar radiation and preventing the overheating of rooms. Also, recycled materials and coatings with low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) emissions were used to improve indoor air quality. Meanwhile, the reduction of electricity consumption is achieved by using LED lightning in most of the building and a control and management system that facilitates control of power consumption of the building.

PHOTOS FROM HOTEL VINCCI GALA BARCELONA, BY JOSÉ HEVIA BLACH

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