Omm Hotel, Barcelona, Spain

Capella Garcia Arquitectura
Date Built
Carrer del Rosselló, 265
The architect's website says that the biggest challenge in designing the Omm Hotel was the facade because of its proximity to the spectacular Passeig de Gràcia.  "... We wanted a facade that would be contemporary and not shy away from individualism, but which would respect the setting, creating reliefs and providing balconies ... The “ears” like turned-back sheets of paper fulfil several aims: they provide privacy from the neighbours opposite, they orient the view from the inside towards the Passeig de Gràcia, collect the afternoon light and reflect it into the interior, dampen the acoustic impact of the nearby traffic lights"

"On the roof is a delicate terrace with a small swimming-pool. On the ground floor something was achieved that was unheard-of in Barcelona: that a hotel should be open to the whole city, with a shared entrance on an eccentric axis to bring in the visitors and deflect them towards the reception or to the lounge, bar, or the dining-room of the Moo restaurant, all in a single space and always bathed by the natural light coming from the large skylights and the large courtyard at the end, where big metal mirrors reflect the sunlight into the interior."

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