The Hotel Silken Puerta América in Madrid, Spain is an innovative project that involved numerous artists, architects and designers working together in developing something unseen before. Each level is differentiated from the next and its design is signed by world-renowned names. According to the official description, the building is a “space that invites people to dream – a neverbeen- attempted-before project that has brought together nineteen of the top architecture and design studios in the world from thirteen different countries. Originality, luxury, innovation and formal freedom define a hotel that awakens its guests’ senses. Each of the floors showcases a different concept in hotel rooms. All play with different materials, colors and shapes to create spaces that bring together the best in avant-garde design and architecture, where creativity and the freedom to develop each of the spaces has been the hallmark.” We invite you to take a virtual tour of this eclectic hotel, from the first floor to the twelfth, and enjoy the different approaches and inspiring details it offers. Above each photo or group of photos, you will find explanations about the theme of the interiors, as well as the name of the designers. Enjoy!
Car park. Stimulus of colours by Teresa Sapey.
Reception desk and meeting rooms by John Pawson.
Restaurant. Latin inspiration by Christian Liaigre.
Cocktail bar by Marc Newson.
First floor. Sinuous lines, fluid spaces by Zaha Hadid.
Second floor. Elegance and flexibility by Norman Foster.
Third floor. Luxury and privacy by David Chipperfield.
Fourth floor. An exercise in geometry by Plasma Studio.
Fifth floor. Fashion which bedecks an interior by Victorio & Lucchino.
Sixth floor. The luxury and comfort of simplicity by Marc Newson.
Seventh floor. An interplay of sinuous shapes by Ron Arad.
Eighth floor. Light in motion by Kathryn Findlay, Jason Bruges.
Ninth floor. Boxes of colours by Richard Gluckman.
Tenth floor. Japanese tradition by Arata Isozaki.
Eleventh floor. Good vibrations by Javier Mariscal and Fernando Salas.
Twelfth floor and penthouse by Jean Nouvel.
The best architects can create designs which will give clients and the public things they didn’t even realise they wanted, and this is especially important when architects are given the difficult brief of creating structures in much-loved, iconic areas.
What is new and exciting now can quickly begin to look tired and out of fashion, so the best buildings don’t just consider what will be interesting to look at now, but also how it might look to people in five, fifty or even a hundred years’ time. 2013’s hotly contested RIBA Stirling Prize went to Witherford Watson Mann Architects for their work on Astley Castle, Warwickshire. In what RIBA Past President Stephen Hodder has described as an extreme retrofit, the project essentially saw a new building inserted subtly into the heart of the old, with a new, two storey residence now hidden within the sandstone walls of the ruins of this medieval castle, to be used as a holiday home for up to eight guests