W Barcelona Hotel, located on the new entrance of Barcelona’s Port appears as a modern icon rising above the Mediterranean sea, and is the landmark of this new area to be developed with high-end retail, office and entertainment venues. A sail shaped building on a 10 hectares land claimed from the sea, is included in an ambitious urban renovation plan of Barcelona coastline.
W Barcelona Hotel is a five star-hotel with 480 rooms, 67 suites, a roof top bar, large spa, indoor and outdoor pool, several food and beverage concepts and a retail store. The closest volume to the sea is a thin building 105 meters high perpendicular to the dike (1 underground level, 1 ground floor level and 26 storey).
The reflecting façade of silver glass blends with the colours of the sky and the sparkles of the sea. Its allegoric shape is a reference point. This volume is inserted in the low atrium building, the lobby of which reveals views of the sea and enjoys zenith natural light.
Public functions are accommodated under a platform conceived as two huge terraces. A big congress room with a large window over the sea breaks with its volume the horizontal lines of the base of the building.Location: Barcelona, Spain Architects: Bofill Arquitectura
Date project: 2000
Completed in: 2010
Client: Nova Bocana Barcelona sa. Floor area: 42.818 m2 Architecture Project Team:
Project Directors: Ricardo Bofill & Jean Pierre Carniaux
Architectectural Construction director: José Maria Rocías Architects designers: Ricardo Bofill M. Vergano, Martín Cagno, Giorgio Cui, Ricardo Grais, Antonio González, Aurélie Louvion, Julia Morgado,
Andrea Müller, Mónica Pagliaro, Hilario Pareja, Alejandro Ríos, Gabor Somssich, Eduardo Wachs Engineers: Geothecnic: Uriel y asociados (Tomas Murillo)
Hotel Structure: Ideam
Parking Structure: Eduardo Palao
Installations: Projectes s.a., Jordi Oste, Carlos Morancho, Pau Riera
Collabor.loghting: Birgit Walter
Collaborator urban surrounding: Jordi Henrich
Projectes S.l. (Engineering), Jordi Oste, Carles Morancho, Pau Riera Structure Engineering Ideam enterprise: Francisco Millanes, Luís Matute, Miguel Ortega