When Barceló Hotel group asked Jaime Hayon to add his unique touch to the redesign of the Barceló Torre de Madrid Hotel the results were exceptional.
The 142 meter tall building was constructed in 1957 and 9 of its 34 floors now house this ambitious hotel. It has already become a modern landmark and a compliment to the arty Spanish metropolis.
Jaime’s work is infused with characteristic humor that goes hand in hand with superior workmanship and artistic integrity. As a sort of “living canvas” of his art, each corner, wall and ceiling of the Torre de Madrid bears his inventive stamp. The space is sweeping and elegant, yet unpretentious, humorous and witty. Meanwhile, the minimal background of the building’s structure allow the colored furnishings and décor elements to really stand out. Think pale pastel painted walls, white marble floors and an abundance of sunlight streaming through a plentiful collection of windows.
Unsurprisingly, the window-walled bar, which is “possibly the tallest drinks cabinet in the city”, became favorite sport hotel guests and city residents. With white and gold glazed ceramic sculptures hanging over the white marble bar top and teal fabric barstools is definitely somthing to be seen.
Other elements, such as the various architectural details, bring to mind Roman archways and Moorish influences. The art on the walls is by multimedia artists Nienke Klunder and Wiglius de Bie of KlunderBie, and was commissioned by Jaime Hayon. They are all a direct reference to Spain’s rich cultural heritage and harmonize perfectly with Jaime’s artistic fingerprint. All the furnishings and light fixtures are a result of Jaime’s collaboration with design houses such as Cassina, Fritz Hansen, and BD Barcelona.
“I was fully dedicated to the creation of a very special and unique space that would represent a new vision of Spain, a vision far from the traditional aesthetic” Jaime Hayon
Photos KlunderBie, Info Jaime Hayon