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Renaissance Barcelona Fira Hotel – Garden of Eden

The Renaissance Barcelona Fira Hotel surprises all with its originality. Designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel and Ribas & Ribas, the 27-floor fa?ade blends a visual vertical garden where palm trees and natural vegetation turn into architectural elements that make the hotel a genuine natural oasis.

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This 105m (330ft) tall 4* hotel tower accommodates a total of 357 rooms. Its amenities include a convention centre, spa, fitness centre and valet parking. The hotel was designed by Ribas&Ribas and French star architect Jean Nouvel. In addition to the Renaissance Barcelona Fira Hotel, Nouvel also designed the Arab World Institute in Paris, the Lyon opera house, Galeries Lafayette Berlin and the Torre Agbar in Barcelona.

Renaissance Barcelona Fira Hotel is conveniently located in Barcelona’s Plaza Europa Square, next to the Fira Convention Centre Comprised two 110 metre towers joined by a spectacular panoramic restaurant and a terrace-vantage point with views over the city of Barcelona.

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Hotel Highlights:

  • Architecturally the Renaissance Barcelona Fira Hotel, highlights a vertical garden oasis of palm trees and lush vegetation. A Vertical Garden – Natural Vegetation with 300 palm trees creating a natural haven.
  • Offering 1,200 square metres of meeting space and state-of-the-art-audiovisual technology that accommodates more than 1,000 people on one floor, features natural vegetation in the main atrium and guest corridors.
  • The Hoteles invested around 70 million euros in the construction of the Renaissance Barcelona Fira Hotel alone. With its two towers and a vertical garden, it sets new standards in terms of hotel design. it offers its guests the very pinnacle of luxury. Materials by German fabrics specialist drapilux contribute to this luxury.
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  • The striking design of the hotel is continued through its 357 rooms and suites. Decorated in white, they reflect the palette of the exterior. The rest of the building is primarily kept in subtle grey tones. The rooms feature high-quality wooden flooring, and from their beds guests can enjoy views over the roofs of this city of 1.6 million people.
  • The exterior fa?ades of this 105-meter building boast white cladding on three sides and, on the narrowest side facing the square where the entrance is also located, matte black. The fa?ades are structured not by means of conventional rows of windows, but by an irregular pattern of openings reminiscent of palm-tree leaves. The shadow outlines of these openings are repeated on the adjacent concrete surfaces, casting interesting shadows over the hotel rooms, which change according to the angle of the light at the time. These lighting effects differentiate the total of 358 guestrooms; however, in terms of size and furnishings they also feature differing designs.
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  • It’s not just the accommodation at the Renaissance Barcelona Fira Hotel that is luxurious. The gym also offers countless possibilities for sports. And after all that exercise, what could be better than a dip in either the pool in the hotel or in the open air of the roof terrace –a further highlight.
  • The conference centre with its eight halls and exhibition area of around 240,000 m2 hosts a number of different trade fairs every year. For events requiring a little less space, the hotel offers eleven conference rooms with a combined area of nearly 1,200 m2 – the largest of which has space for up to 710 people.
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The garden:

The two towers, each measuring 110 metres high, stand parallel and are connected by a glass atrium. The garden with its large palm trees grows upwards from the ground floor all the way up to the roof terrace. Over 240 palm trees from ten different species grow here, alongside countless other plant species from all over the world. A panoramic restaurant connects the two towers at a height of around 50 metres.

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The gap between the two highrise disks is open and allows air to pass through it. The balustrades on the various stories have plants along them, creating hanging gardens. Bridges and open staircases in the gap between the two buildings form links and afford views out over the surrounding cityscape. When guests step out of their hotel rooms they are confronted not with a closed corridor, but with an airy, shadowy space, and the wind force customary in such highrises is very welcome in the northern Spanish climate, which can be hot in the summer.

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There is another special feature to be found in the rooms: instead of traditional windows, guests can look through stylised palm leaves made from concrete and clad with glass. This four-star deluxe hotel run by Marriott International is a modern Garden of Eden situated in the vibrant capital of Catalonia and is gradually becoming one of the city’s landmarks.

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Ateliers Jean Nouvel:

In Hospitalet, South door of Barcelona, a double white and black 110 meters high tower emerges from a garden of palm trees. Privileged space of the new Square of Europe, it is a garden of shadows, lights and freshness. Hotel Catalonia is an invitation to luxury, emphasized by a generous vegetable canopy.

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On all the height, two outside loggias unite both buildings. They welcome a luxuriant vertical landscape, lined with the passageways of bedrooms and crossed by a “piranesian” game constituted by the terraces and the staircases. Halfway up, a garden surrounds the building like a cold greenhouse and filters the sun. Behind the plants, we guess at the restaurant of the hotel. In the summit, a crown of palm trees emerges from the terraces of the suites, the fitness and the swimming pool.
In the East, in the South and in the West, facades are bright, white, almost blinding. In the North, the facade is black, matt. No window but openings which take shape and merge in plant printed patterns on glass and “esgrafiados” in concrete.
The matter is mutant.

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Palmer Restaurant – © Renaissance Barcelona Fira Hotel

In the daytime and at night, the palm leaves print their shadows on grounds, fa?ades and passageways. The lights are direct, filtered or backed. The shadows are projected or “ombres chinoises”. The lighting effects are unstable. They slip into the bedrooms. On walls, ceilings, curtains, sheets…

Every customer finds a space adapted to his pleasures and his needs among 358 bedrooms. Business rooms, perfectly sized, hyper connected, for one night congress participants; alcoves for shared pleasures; junior suites and suites in which bedroom, bathroom and living room work in synergy and match in accordance with the desires of the customer. Another way to live and stay in Barcelona.

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Project Data:

Project name: Renaissance Barcelona Fira Hotel
Location: Plaza Europa, 50, 08902 L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain
Coordinates: 41.356181, 2.123153
Type: Hotel, Skyscraper
Program: 105-meter tower, 356-room hotel including 6 suites, congress center.
Height: 105 m
Area:

  • USABLE FLOOR AREA 22 000 sqm
  • GROSS FLOOR AREA 26000 sqm
  • Floor area – tower: 975 sqm
  • Gross volume: 130 000 m?
  • Hotel: 22 000 sqm
  • Congress center: 1 500 sqm
  • Restaurant: 700 sqm
  • Retail: 60 sqm
  • Public space: 1 500 sqm
  • Circulation area: 3 560 sqm
  • Car park: 4 500 sqm
  • Plant room: 1 430 sqm

Design Year: 2005 – 2007
Construction Year: 04.2008 – 09.2012
Status: Built
Cost: 55 000 000 € Including furniture (Appraisal)
Completion Year: September 2012
Visit Renaissance Barcelona Fira Hotel’s website: here

Awards:

  • 2014 – International Highrise Award – Finalist
  • 2014 – Tripadvisor Hotel Ranking – Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat

The people:

Client / Owner / Developer: Hoteles Catalonia
Architects:

Advisor: Emmanuel BLAMONT
Project Leaders: Damien RENCHON, Jos? Miguel POMARES

Project Team:

  • Markus FRANK, Eric NESPOULOS, Joan PAU, Yasmina PEREZ, Gonzalo RUIZ, Victor SANCHEZ, Julia TUPPER, Fina URPI, Gregoire GIOT, Jeremy LEBARILLEC, Cristina PERALES, Adriana RIBAS, Cristina SANCHEZ, Jordi SINFREU, Yvonne WEBER, Pau GOMEZ, EMA

Interior Design:

  • Project: Sabrina LETOURNEUR
  • Execution: Odile FILLON (JND), Sabrina LETOURNEUR
  • Graphic design: Marie MAILLARD, Jos? Miguel POMARES, Natalie SACCU DE FRANCHI

Consultants:

  • Structure: Manuel ARGUIJO y asociados, S.L.
  • Building services: Ram?n ROCA
  • Landscape: Bet Figueras, Manuel COLOMINAS
  • Fa?ades: Biosca & Botey
  • Acoustics: Joan ALTAVELLA
  • Lighting design: Lumi?res Studio (Odile SOUDANT)

Text Description: ? Courtesy of Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Ribas & Ribas Arquitectos, Renaissance Barcelona Fira Hotel, drapilux, International Highrise Award
Images: ? Ateliers Jean Nouvel with Ribas & Ribas Arquitectos, Renaissance Barcelona Fira Hotel, Roland Halbe, flickr-Jean-Marc Digne

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