Transformation of Barcelona's Gothic part of the city begun a few years ago with construction of contemporary art museum in heart of that quarter as an urban generator, and now it continues it's transformation adding a new high rise bohemian hostel which is set to be a new landmark.
Hostel is planned to be a new, modern building, and isn't suppose to architecturally reflect her surrounding although genius loci is preserved on the site by leaving most of it free for basketball and relaxatio, like it is used today. The real story begins in the building, while we wanted to leave site as much untouched as possible we've put new, quality spaces in high rise itself.
Hostel consists of 25 storeys, each 4 meters high, the shaped in basic geometry, with the twist. Every floor is displaced from a lower one, and every third floor is green space without walls, surrounded only by construction and climbing plants used for lounge, relaxation and gardening. Green floors also separate different use groups so they are placed depending on use, view and atmosphere. Shift of the floors broke down the usually rigorous high rise facade into smaller, easy readable pieces, and each of those pieces, or their cluster translate into height of the surrounding area.
Public spaces like pub, store, reception etc. are located at the lower levels of the building, and are very accessible, while hostel rooms are located on higher levels, above the surrounding buildings providing spectacular views to it's users. Most of the rooms are two storeys high (almost 8 meters) with viewing galleries which allow relaxation space. Aim of room design was to provide new, unusual experience, and different scenarios depending on rooms, so there are 8 types of rooms.
The last two levels of the building are reserved for kitchen and dinning room open for users of the hostel and public.
All the dimensional parameters and enviromental guidelines are meet. There are some additional spaces like green floors, meeting places in extention of vertical comunications, and additional bathrooms and toilets.
Area 4670 m2
Hostel _ Barcelona