Juan Pedro Donaire
A shining star
The hotel building arises from the union of two authentic Sevillian manors that have been interconnected. One of the estates has an urban industrial style decoration and is located on the Calle Ortiz de Zúñiga street, and the other building is a traditional Sevillian house, featuring original timber decks and bearing walls, situated on the Calle Morería street. The hotel complex is composed out of three floors, with the upper level featuring an overhang. The visual created effect is a single façade orientated from the Ortiz de Zúñiga street, however on the ground plan there are two completely identifiable buildings, each with its own atrium and staircase. The façade, atrium and stair cases have been the signature elements determined by the local official Board of Urbanism and Heritage, as mandatory elements to be respected and maintained in the renovation plans for the hotel renovation.
From an energy efficiency point of view, very specific attention has been paid to thermal and acoustic insulation of the building, by means of installing Climalit windows. Furthermore, the presence of modern home automation applications contributes to an efficient control of the illumination. For the lighting devices, LED applications have been used. At the atriums, the proper air circulation generates a natural acclimatization of the area.
The hotel design focuses on the use of warm and noble materials with blending in the corporate colors of the hotel chain (beige, blue and tan), fabrics, wall papers and lime stucco for the walls, as it has been done traditionally in Seville. The building is endowed with personality, providing comfort and technology to the hotel guests.
Among the constant elements that create an aesthetic design language for the interior of the building, is the use of "traditional" techniques of the city history and culture, such as mosaics, fabrics, leather seams, lime stucco and aluminum blinds. All of these differentiating elements remain identifiable, but have been revised with a renewed visibility and use.
In the bathrooms of the hall and the restaurant areas, the architecture practice has opted for the use of one of the main new product releases of Nofer for this year. It concerns the Concept3 brassware, a revolutionary creation that offers in one single piece the functions of hand dryer, soap dispenser and basin tap. A unique design that has been presented as a worldwide novelty, with an original and innovative design that will meet all expectations of the user in public restrooms, and in particular in this era of safety and hygiene, after the recent health crisis.
The design of the Concept3 ring feature, incorporates the three functions that are activated by means of integrated sensors and that will allow the user the functions of washing, soaping and drying without the need to move or pushing any button, contributing to time and energy savings, but moreover making the bathroom a safer space.