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OD Barcelona Hotel

Víctor Rahola i Aguadé

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Beyond its undeniable architectural value, this proposal is characterised by a deep analysis of its urban location, as well as a search for interior spaces within the block following the example proposed by Ildefons Cerdà in his time.
Historically in Barcelona, and more precisely in the Eixample, public and private spaces have been exhaustively separated, preventing transparency between streets, inner courtyards and passages through private patios. This is due to the permitted developable depth and the saturation of block interiors, as well as the construction of warehouses and retail spaces. This condition of permeability, which was initially implicit in Ildefons Cerdà’s proposal, has disappeared over time. Its recovery is and will be a high-value commitment when it comes to the urban landscape.
For this reason, rethinking the uses that will enable better connections between public and private spaces represents a positive change in the structure of the urban landscape and the whole mesh of relationships created within it. Fundamentally this is a process of ‘sensualising’ the space upon which the city’s activities are carried out.
In this sense, the project takes into account the highly distinct characteristics of the streets of Aragó and Roger de Llúria and the Méndez Vigo passage while establishing a relationship between them, interposing a highly fluid space containing the bar, restaurant, lounges and hotel lobbies with a glass approach throughout the ground floor, enabling transparency between the public and private spaces.
In a central location close to Passeig de Gràcia, the work took place to refurbish and transform the old Carburos Metálicos company into a five-star hotel. Through the main entrance on Aragó Street the relationship between usage and privacy is visible thanks to a diaphanous ground floor arranged across two levels, with the exterior vegetation encroaching on the passage to create a more private and pleasant atmosphere. It is for this reason that part of the restaurant is located on the terrace, opening up the possibility for hosting open-air events.
Due to the building’s stepped structure, the number of rooms per floor ranges from 21 double rooms on the first floors to 12 on the fifth and sixth, with suites located at the edges. Furthermore, due to the floor plan all the rooms have a different surface area and form. Taking advantage of the building’s existing geometry, a garden has been designed on the terraces of the third and fifth floors, supported by a vegetal façade that is more pleasant towards the Méndez de Vigo passage.
The façades bordering the Aragó and Roger de Llúria streets and the Méndez de Vigo passage retain the repurposed stone and arrangement of the existing building. However, the old windows have been replaced by new casement windows that ensure proper room ventilation, as well as privacy thanks to a fabric filter installed within the glass itself.

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Localización Location: Barcelona. Spain. Arquitectos Architects: Víctor Rahola i Aguadé. Interiorismo Interior design: Mayte Matutes Juan. Arquitecto Técnico Quantity surveyor: Joaquim Barrufet. Estructuras Structures: Bac Engineering Consultancy Group, S.L. Instalaciones Facilities: PGI Engineering, S.L.P. Promotor Developer: Map Beach Gestions, S.L. Constructora General Contractor: Roca Borràs, S.L. Superficie construida Built area: 5.444m2. Fecha de finalización de la obra Completion date of the works: 2017. Fotografía Photography: José Hevia, Raquel Martínez.
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Accesorios instalación eléctrica: Gira

Aislamiento acústico: ChovA

Carpintería interior: Hermanos Casares de la Fuente

Cisternas: Geberit

Lavamanos, wc, bidet: Villeroy&

Mobiliario: Kaudex

Pavimentos y revestimientos de madera natural de alta resistencia “Bambú Caramel”: Parklex

Ventanas, muro cortina y puertas: Technal
Víctor Rahola
José Hevia