Nel cuore della città, progetto di grande impatto stilistico nel quartiere Eixample, si ispira al genio di Dalí e alla sua musa, arricchito dall’eleganza di intensi contrasti ottenuti grazie alla DeepColour™ Technology di DuPont
TBI Architecture & Engineering di Barcellona, guidato dall’architetto Miguel Jordá, è stato uno dei primi studi di architettura a cimentarsi con l’utilizzo dell’innovativa DeepColour™Technology, tecnologia produttiva sviluppata da DuPont che permette di produrre i colori scuri di DuPont™ Corian® con prestazioni più elevate, maggiore funzionalità, eleganza e design. Per la realizzazione del bancone del bar si è scelta la tonalità di nero Deep Nocturne che ha permesso di ottenere una forma continua, organica, in netto contrasto cromatico con il colore dorato del bar, che rappresenta il fil rouge di questo progetto in tutto il resto dell’edificio. L’obiettivo era quello di dotare lo spazio di un tocco stravagante ed elegante, come quello del grande pittore. Queste le parole di Gregor Mertens, architetto e coordinatore del progetto: “Si tratta di un palazzo del 1900 di cui volevamo conservare la facciata, così come la grande scala di marmo bianco che risplende al suo interno. La parte superiore dell’edificio, costituita da tre piani, è formata all’esterno da una cortina muraria con una tenda simile ad una rete di oro applicata. Questa sovrapposizione crea una nuova e moderna facciata che si mescola perfettamente con la vecchia sottostante. Con questo approccio e attraverso l’impiego della tecno-superficie DuPont™ Corian® siamo riusciti a ricreare nel bar dell’hotel la perfetta fusione tra antico e moderno, eleganza e informalità”.
Hotel Vincci Gala Barcelona by TBI Architecture & Engineering
In the heart of Barcelona, a hotel inspired by the genius of Salvador Dalì and his muse, enriched with the elegance of intense contrasts and improved dark colours thanks to DeepColour™ Technology* by DuPont
The architectural studio TBI of Barcelona, run by architect Miguel Jordá, is one of the first to have used the innovative DeepColour™ Technology* developed by DuPont that allows production of the dark colours of DuPont™ Corian® with improved performance, reliability, durability and hygiene, along with functionality, elegance and design. One of the new black tones of DuPont™ Corian®, the Deep Nocturne colour, has been used to create a dramatic bar at Hotel Vincci Gala located in Barcelona’s Eixample district. Gregor Mertens, the architect and design coordinator of this four star, 80-room hotel, explains why he chose to use this new DeepColour™ technology* for the design, “We have worked with DuPont™ Corian® to achieve a continuous, organic form, which contrasts and fits in perfectly with the rectangular golden box/frame depicted by the bar.” Mertens also highlights the importance of the lack of seams, joints and off-white lines between the sections, adding that, “The new technology and the Deep Nocturne colour of DuPont™ Corian® have allowed us to achieve this and also to bring about the contrast we were looking to create with the gold, which can also be seen around the rest of the building.”
Contrast: the leitmotif of this design project
Contrast (between colours, textures, sensations and periods) is the backbone of this project at the Hotel Vincci Gala, whose name was chosen by popular vote and refers to Dalí’s muse and companion. “This is a palace from the year 1900. Its old facade had to be preserved, as well as the grand white marble staircase on show inside.” explains Mertens. The three-storey design, which harks back to the building’s historical origins, consists of a curtain wall on the exterior, fronted by a curtain that has the appearance of an ironed gold mesh. According to the architect, “this creates a new, modern, dynamic facade, which incorporates openings and contrasts with the old façade.” The idea of showing and emphasising the continuous play on contrasts to be seen around the entire hotel emerged, in part, from the name given to the establishment itself. The relationship between Gala and Dalí – an unlikely, extravagant and surreal pair – was key to the idea behind the project. Mertens explains how this theme plays out in the design, “We have worked so much with black and gold, lights and darks in the interior… The aim is to give the space an extravagant and elegant touch, just like the great painter himself did.” Taking this approach, and using DuPont™ Corian® in Deep Nocturne, the TBI studio has managed to capture the perfect fusion of ancient and modern, elegant and informal in the hotel bar. The design also had to be practical. Mertens says, “This is a surface that must also be able to cope with all kinds of liquids and stains and constant activity, which, in addition to its appearance and design, is why we have opted for DuPont™ Corian®.”
TBI- Architecture & Engineering (www.tb-i.eu)
TBI is a Spanish-German architectural and engineering firm founded in Barcelona offering extensive experience in complex projects for national and international clients. TBI is associated with the business group Gerstner (based in Xanten, Germany) who has a workforce of over 100 employees. Currently the office consists of 25 highly qualified and motivated professionals who, together with a permanent team of technical specialists, provide creative, sustainable, and high quality technical solutions for their clients’ projects.
About DuPont™ Corian®
First created as a high performance material for kitchen and bathroom worktops, DuPont™ Corian® is now – thanks to its unique combination of functionality, versatility and beauty – a leading global brand among surfacing materials for interior design and architecture. Over the years, DuPont has transformed DuPont™ Corian® high-tech surface into an exceptional design tool for every application you can imagine. Kitchens, bathrooms, lighting, furnishing, facades, seating, radiators, home automation, touch control surfaces: today, DuPont™ Corian® can be found almost everywhere in commercial, residential and public space environments.
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