Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona
Aurt restaurant & new lobby opens February 2019
Aürt is a word that perfectly expresses the ‘exoticism of proximity’ that inspires the cuisine of chef Artur Martinez.
In Catalan it means punch. This was the simple yet compelling briefing and concept by gifted young chef Artur Martinez a 1* Michelin chef from the region. His food is a profound encounter with proximity and simplicity, it’s an intense gastronomic hit, the main ingredient being emotion. There’s a genuine honesty in every dish that are meticulously prepared right in front of the guest's eyes.
Preparing such a setting was the challenge for THDP where right in the lobby we were asked not to place just the restaurant but the preparation kitchen itself. Never had such an undertaking been made, and it was not a small feat to blend the requirements of a busy working lobby with those of a fully working kitchen.
The solution came with the specification by THDP of an external cladding of the kitchen with a think layer of Neolith, a Spanish made 6mm Sintered Stone which encases the technical equipment and allows the kitchen to visually recede whilst losing none of its functionality.
Pared back, with simple forms creating a visual ‘punch’ this was our design concept from the outset.
However simple rarely means easy, as we learnt crafting each piece and tending to the exact requirements of Artur’s team and those of the hotel’s guests.
Finally, here then is a restaurant where traditions are told and fables unfold, an exclusive and unique setting limited to just 15 diners.
THE NEW GUEST LOBBY
The lobby area too was to receive an update and to visually tie in whilst develop the visual simplicity of the Aurt Restaurant. Free here to add more colour - the forms are still oblique, challenging yet for a visual dance for the guest. Screening allow THDP to divide the space into different areas, drinking, waiting and chatting zones. The upholstery is relaxed, colourful and playful with touches of local fabrics and forms.
In June 2016 THDP started working on Interior Design of part of the guest accommodation for the Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona - Spain. Now in 2019 we have completed the final area of the hotel, the reception and new lobby restaurant.
Barcelona is cradled in the North Eastern Mediterranean coast of mainland Spain. The capital of Catalunya, and a region of Northern Spain that has its own unique culture, traditions and personality. Few European cities can offer you the wide diversity of cultural experience, of cuisine, art, architecture coupled with 4.2km of beautiful beaches & sunshine for most of year.
Barcelona is home to masterpieces of many great artists and architects. The most famous being Antoni Gaudí who's work is admired around the World as being one of the most unique and distinctive styles in modern architecture.
INSPIRATION GUEST ROOMS
The hotel's guest demographic comprises of approximately 50% business guests and 50% vacation guests. The new guest accommodation should allow the guest to work when they need to but relax when they want to.
We too are continuously connected or connecting to one another, either socially or through working together. Connecting means having everything in just in the right place where you expect it and where you need it. The inspiration for styling for the room and in particular the Artwork and Carpets was TrencadÍs a local form of glazing architectural forms with irregular pieces of ceramic an art mastered by Antoni GaudÍ whose works in Barcelona bring people together both socially, intellectually and in worship.
Design Narrative arrived from the local craft of TrencadÍs used on the famous buildings by Antoni Gaudi and is formed by broken crockery - we adapted this cellular format and used it for the carpet design and with the suggestion of Dragonfly motif often used in Art Nouveau Jewellery & Architecture.