Design et confort à Barcelone

Blog mai 12, 2014
Joseph Riu, architecte de la firme CGA, élabore sur des projets de design d'intérieur incorporant des structures lumineuses VIBIA dans certains hôtels de Barcelone. The ever-increasing number of business travellers in Barcelona, together with an overall growth in international tourism, have ushered in a new era for hotels, where design and comfort take precedence. The international architecture firm GCA has been involved in a number of projects that have contributed to the development of these new spaces. During an interview, we discussed this matter in depth with the architect Josep Riu, the associate responsible for interior design in hotels including the Olivia Balmes, H10 Urquinaona Plaza and H10 Port Vell. According to Riu, each interior design project has aimed to imbue the hotel with its own unique character. This has been achieved by customising combinations of flooring and wall facings, fixtures and furniture, upholstery and fabrics and other elements. When it comes to lighting, the architect has chosen to “combine indirect lighting with direct spot and decorative lighting. Indirect lighting demarcates spaces and outlines their geometry, whereas spot lighting highlights elements such as doors and countertops. In addition to providing light, decorative lighting becomes a key part of the space and its image.” The H10 Urquinaona Plaza Hotel is located in an early-20th-century building in the centre of Barcelona and welcomes visitors with an elegant atrium dominated by an original restored staircase. A series of BIG ceiling light fixtures has recently been installed in the hotel’s restaurant, satisfying the standards of both elegance and austerity defined by GCA. In all of these projects, light has had a major role in conveying the sensations that go with the purpose of each area of the hotel. “In hotel corridors, we place an emphasis on silence by using soft lighting that picks out points such as doors and lifts. The different spaces in common areas are marked out through direct and decorative lighting. It is important that this lighting can be varied throughout the day, depending on the amount of daylight and the space’s use at any given time. For example, lighting can set distinct atmospheres for breakfast time and dinner time, helping to transform a single space. In the bedrooms, we aim for a sense of comfort, relaxation and tranquillity,” explains Riu. “For the H10 Port Vell Hotel project, we used the PUCK WALL ART collection to create lighting features that simultaneously provide light and adorn the spaces above the headboards.” The H10 Port Vell Hotel lies few steps away from the picturesque Born district and Barcelona’s beaches and offers a stunning view of the Old Harbour from its terrace. With regard to technological solutions, the architect points out: “Nowadays, we have left behind cold cathodes and fluorescents in indirect lighting, opting instead for high-quality, reasonably priced LEDs. Thanks to the advances in LED technology, we can at last create warm ambiances with colour temperatures that allow us to correctly illuminate a space while also being energy-efficient. For example, the RHYTHM collection, with an adjustable LED light source, was used to provide horizontal and vertical lighting in the Olivia Balmes Hotel meeting rooms. The collection was chosen because of its dynamic character and the quality of its light.” The Olivia Balmes Hotel, located in the heart of the modernist Eixample neighbourhood, reflects the refined, cosmopolitan image that Barcelona aims to convey to its visitors. The architect Alex Ibañez designed the façade, which is both elegant and contemporary and fits into the historical surroundings of Carrer de Balmes. Riu collaborated with the architect Andrea Ominetti from GCA on this project and, as he explains, “right from the entrance, visually the hotel comes across as a unit, made up of commons areas, circulation areas and rest areas. Based on this spatial continuity, we have established varying degrees of privacy within the interior spaces, using a very limited range of materials, tones and resources which give the project its character. Our objective was to create an understated, cosmopolitan, contemporary hotel that will stand the test of time, with a particular focus on cost-effectiveness both in terms of construction and subsequent maintenance.” With regard to the lighting solutions chosen for the hotel, Riu says: “We have chosen lighting features that both bolster and add to the whole. Thanks to its quality, design and value for money, VIBIA’s current range works perfectly to complete our projects, while at the same time we are supporting a domestic business.” “We saw the MATCH lighting fixture at VIBIA’s stand at the Milan Furniture Fair 2013 and we were very taken with it. In the hotel project, we used it on the ground floor to highlight the reception desks and the bar. It is a light structure which does not clash with the background and allows us to enhance the lighting. Its design is both pure and neutral.” Architect : Josep Riu Via
Tags barcelona Design d'intérieur Hotels Vibia