Two of Barcelona’s award-winning practices: Sandra Tarruella Interioristas and Isabel López Asociados have collaborated on the design of this five-star EME Fusion Hotel located in the historical Santa Cruz neighbourhood of Seville. Completed in 2008, the boutique hotel comprises 60 rooms, spa and outdoor swimming pool as well as a number of restaurants and cocktail bars.
The intricate façade of hotel’s inner courtyard has been inspired by the traditional Moorish lattice and is made of ‘a composite obtained from almond shells that, once triturated and mixed with synthetic resins and following a process of polymerization at a certainpressure and a certain temperature in a mould, is transformed into rigid objects that just need finishing.’
From Sandra Tarruella Interioristas:
‘The hotel, designed by Sandra Tarruella and Isabel López, has been conceived to offer to the client an accommodation with a proper character where it is situated, in full historical centre of Seville.
Materials like the stone, the natural wood or the iron are used in combination with typical materials and crafts from Seville. It contrasts with modern elements and materials as the lacquer volumes, the black glass and the backlitted spaces, creating an interesting balance between both.’
‘Several old buildings have been joined and refurbished to create this hotel. As a result, we have an interesting diversity of volumes and levels between the spaces, as well as a play of full and empty volumes which enrich the whole complex. The interior design project gets adapted to this mixture of structures obtaining unique spaces and offering to the client an environment with a style and character strongly related whit its location.’
‘In the central patio, a water sheet resembles the own fountains of Andalusian patios. The natural light has been used in a special way in this project. A big lattice of Moorish inspiration, placed in the whole facade of the patio, diffuses the entry of exterior light, creating a game of shades in the interior.’