Two requirements mark the design of the Hotel Vincci Gala Barcelona; first, the Monument Protection Department of Barcelona obligation to conserve both the facade and a large white marble staircase inside the building, and second, the name of the Hotel, ‘Gala’, referring to the wife and muse of surrealist painter Salvador Dalí.
Gala and Dalí formed an unlikely pair and similarly, the project reconciles multiple contrasts between old and new, the discrete and the extravagant, the elegant and the informal.
The color gold is the keynote of the hotel and is repeated in different shades and applications, both on the external facade and the interior of the building, combined with organic shapes and contrasts between light and dark. The main material is metal in contrast to the stone and marble of the original architecture.
Golden aluminum chains hang like an enormous veil over glass balustrades. Dark linear patterns are integrated in order to create a singular optical effect. In addition, strings of LED light have been integrated into the hand rails making the golden curtain shine.
A continuous element of black Corian frames the opening of the hotel bar and forms a contrast between its organic shape in deep black and the rectangular gold box.
The restaurant with breakfast buffet and two meeting rooms is located in the basement. A flexible system of mobile partition panels enable the space to be divided as necessary, adapting it to the required use.
Gold and gray tones in combination with indirect linear lighting give the rooms a warm and elegant atmosphere.
The architecture and interior design concept called for 78 rooms, restaurant, bar, meeting rooms, various terraces, retail areas, the addition of three storeys, restoration of the facade and existing staircase.
Selection of main manufactures and products:
Kriskadecor: Decorative aluminium curtain in the central atrium
Corian: Wall covering bar y reception
Interface flor: Carpet floor corridors
Vescom: Vinyl Wall Covering, curtains, Textile layer in laminated glazing of the bathroom
Andreu World: Furniture bar, restaurant and rooms
Beltá: Furniture bar and lounge area
Vondom: Exterior furniture and pots
Egger: Wall covering lobby, bar, restaurant, doors, wall covering and armoires rooms
Maderclass: Acoustic wall covering meeting rooms and mobile partitions
Italfim: Gold anodized expanded aluminum panels
Technal: Aluminium windows and curtain wall
Jansen: Steel windows
Porcelanosa: Ceramic tiling and sanitary facilitys
Grohe: Water-taps rooms and toilets
Jung: Lighting control system rooms and light switchers
Ving Card: electronic locking system
Home switch Home: Decorative lighting
Foscarini: Decorative lighting
Vibia: Decorative lighting
Kare Design: Decorative Elements bar and restaurant
Bo Concept: Decorative pillows bar and lounge area
Signular: Signage and lettering
Building energy rating: A
Location: Barcelona – ES
Operator: VINCCI HOTELES