The Hotel Vela, nicknamed the Hotel W Barcelona, designed by Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill, stands at the entrance to Barcelona’s harbour.
The building is part of an ambitious plan for urban renewal of the city’s waterfront which also includes a new Neurosciences Park, shopping plazas and boating facilities supporting the new marina. The hotel stands in a large plaza raised above the level of the sea like a panoramic terrace offering views of the landscape and the Mediterranean Sea. 105 m high, with 26 floors, the hotel has 476 rooms, 67 suites, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a spa and a panoramic rooftop restaurant.
Its sail shape is covered with more than 15,000 square metres of glass to reflect the natural landscape and the city around it, blending into the sea and sky. The volume fits into the long, low construction of an entrance hall offering views of the landscape and flooded with natural light from above. Public areas are located underneath a platform forming two large terraces. The wide conference room interrupts the horizontal lines of the base with its big glass facade open onto the sea.
(by Agnese Bifulco)
Design : Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura
Photographs: Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura
Location: Barcelona, Spain