Plasma Studio : Hotel Puerta America, 4th Floor

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First off, let me introduce you to the Hotel Puerta America, in Madrid. Unlike your typical hotel, where there’s a ground floor with reception and all the public amenities followed by however many identical [or damn near] stacked on top of one another, this hotel has commissioned a different architect to design each floor. Yes, my ninjas – EACH FLOOR.

MY NINJAS, PLEASE!

The hotel was completed in 2005, and includes 13 floors with 30 1,200 square meter rooms. The floors were designed by a number of starchitects, including:

Foster and Partners
Zaha Hadid
David Chipperfield
Jean Nouvel
Arata Isozaki
Ron Arad
John Pawson

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For the design of the fourth floor of the hotel, the UK firm Plasma Studio – founded in 1999 by Eva Castro and Holger Kehne – created a series of crystallized spaces, with fractured and distorted rooms and hallways [I already used up my ‘my ninjas, please!‘ for this post – but damn, this shit is crazy].

Hotels are usually characterized by linear bands of repetitive units with resulting anonymous undifferentiated corridors that contrast with the hotels’ ambition to treat each guest as an individual.

For the design of level 4 of Hotel Puerta America we used this repetitive rhythm of partition walls, service ducts and entrance doors as a sectional framework from which a differentiation of the corridor skin was devised. In other words the perpendicular partition walls were pulled along their axis, while the entrance doors produced resistance [via Plasma Studio].

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The result is a crazy, but visually spectacular, series of rooms that all look to have been formed the the different volumes and furniture fighting for position and space – pushing and distorting one another until a jagged equilibrium was established.
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An interesting addition to the already dynamic interior is the LCD lighting placed behind the ‘seams’, so that all of the folds and creases in the walls [and ceilings, etc] are accentuated by light [that changes colors!].
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View a flash slideshow of the project here.

::info + images from Plasma Studio and Hotel Puerto America::

::Plasma Studio previously on MNP – Tetri Haus::

Posted: October 19th, 2007
at 10:55am by orangemenace


Categories: architecture,my ninja, please,interiors,featured ninjas

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  3. in a few weeks ill be in that room!!

    l3utterfish

    29 Oct 08 at 2:01 pm

     

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