Launching Nobu Hotels in Barcelona

The expansion of Nobu’s hospitality empire continues with the debut of Nobu Hotel Barcelona. Housed in the former Gran Hotel Torre de Catalunya, the luxurious and exciting 250-room property features a design from the Rockwell Collection that captures the joy of life in the Spanish language through the brand’s innovative and innovative lens.

“It was exciting to be able to dig into the design and architectural history of Barcelona for inspiration,” says Eva Longoria, director of Rockwell and studio leader. “We delved into the archives to search for Antoni Gaudí’s Park Güell. His organic forms, inspired by nature and animals, create a whole new world within the city. We wanted to achieve the same feeling.”

A garden of tall bamboo trees planted against an earth-inspired wall forms a meditative arrival experience. The bright orange woven screen acts as an abstract Shinto gate around the entry vestibule. Travertine and ornate wood adorn the double-height lobby, which is surrounded by the main lobby and the massive raw stone lobby bar lined with roasted pale wood.

A grand staircase, highlighted by a large hanging artwork, connects guests to the hotel’s public areas

The on-site restaurant, Nobu, crowns the property, inviting guests to dine against a panoramic backdrop of the Catalan capital. Kintsugi-inspired ceilings are decorated with live-edge walnut panels detailed with a golden crackle effect, while blue-cracked ceramic ceilings above a backlit onyx strip complement the blue and white sculpted ceramic columns. The rocky river wall serves as the backdrop for the sushi bar as well.

Vibrant, saturated wall coverings cover guest room corridors in a shade of green and blue that complements the underfoot rugs. Each residence is peppered with bronze details found in cupboards, bars, desks, walls, and beyond. Custom plaster artwork depicting Nobu’s signature swoosh pattern hangs above the headboards, while bronze-inlaid travertine panels make a decorative statement in guestroom bathrooms. The Presidential Suite, the centerpiece of the guestroom lineup, features an intrinsically carved Japanese tea stove made of rough carved stone, while the bathroom is fitted with stone and cedar wood and a traditional Japanese bathtub.

“Nobu Barcelona was an opportunity to take all the elements of Nobu we’ve been playing with for years – Japanese-inspired materials and textures, the drama and stage of public spaces such as the lobby and rooftop restaurant/bar, and celebrate the fine dining prowess of Chef Nobu -” adds Rockwell partner and studio head Greg Kiefer. and associate it with a famous European city that has its beloved references and culture.”The result is this truly unexpected blend of colour, shape and craftsmanship.”

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