Light, comfort and warmth reborn within the skeleton of an anodyne office building. Steel columns alongside fine wood. Cement floors covered with beautiful, soft carpets. And a shower with totally built-in glass doors. Dialogue among materials.
Intimacy with open spaces. Luxury and familiarity. Service and privacy. An ongoing dialogue which is part of our way of understanding that “something extra” that a boutique hotel should have. A “something extra” which is also alive in our rooms.
Tearing down an office building from the ground up and sustaining it on earthquake-proof hydraulic pillars to eliminate the vibrations from the trains running right under it; opening up an entire space at street level; stripping away the inside to reveal the bones of the original structure and redesigning what used to be offices into rooms which offer refuge from the bustle outside; and giving the façade a way to engage in a dialogue with the city…
“We chose ceramic for the façade, a material that has close ties to the city’s history and architecture. We also wanted to give this material an added value: music. With the help of Ceràmica Cumella and the IAAC, we invented an algorithm so that, based on sound, a robot would engrave the ceramic during the extrusion process. In this way, we created an infinite number of unique pieces yet they all follow the same pattern”.
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