The Silken Group’s Hotel Puerta America in Central Madrid was conceived as an architectural showcase, with individual floors fitted-out by different world-renowned architects. The Foster vision for the second floor was inspired by the work of the late Basque sculptor, Eduardo Chillida. Chillida’s work explored natural materials, organic forms. Chillida’s treatment of space as a material to mould, and the interplay between positive and negative space, has been echoed in the sculptural quality of the hotel rooms and corridors. A sequence of top-lit, circular glass drums lines the corridor and punctuates it with a chain of illuminated ellipses. These drums become the central elements that link the corridor with the interior of the rooms. Continuing into the bedrooms, the glass elegantly curves around the integrated shower area, creating a subtle partition. The washbasins sit on a glowing onyx shelf that sweeps out to the full length of the room, forming an elegant connection between the two areas. The shelf embodies the flexibility of this multi-use living area: it is a desk, a television counter, a wash stand, and a dressing table.

Facts + Figures

  • Appointment: 2004
  • Completion: 2005
  • Area: 1 350m²
  • Client: Grupo Urvasco S.A.