Frank. O. Gehry. Hotel Marques de Riscal. Elciego (Spain). 2006

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Starwood Hotels' Luxury Collection chain has opened a spectacular hotel designed by Frank O. Gehry in the Rioja wine-growing area: Hotel Marques de Riscal.

Frank. O. Gehry. Hotel Marques de Riscal. Elciego (Spain). 2006 Gehry took care of interior design as well as the hotel's exterior, creating rooms combining the utmost comfort with the latest technologies, without forgetting that this spectacular part of Spain has deep roots in tradition.
Every one of the hotel's 43 luxurious rooms and suites is truly unique, with stupendous views over the surrounding countryside. The rooms are located in two separate buildings united by a suspension footbridge. The Marques de Riscal winery commissioned the Canadian architect to build the hotel, which took three years to complete.
Stone, glass and titanium are the key materials featured in the work, combined in asymmetrical positions, forms and colours to create a futuristic structure which could become an emblem of contemporary architecture.
The central part of the building is surrounded by a series of wavy titanium "canopies" in different hues, the project¿s most expressive element. Made in Japan by Nippon Steel Corporation and coloured in Spain, the "canopies" are not only a strong visual signal but frame all the hotel's windows to shelter the rooms from sunlight.
Gehry wanted to link this extraordinary construction with the landscape and the local wine-growing tradition , which explains his choice of rosé hues.

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