The W Barcelona Hotel stands at the new entrance to Barcelona harbour, and has become an iconic landmark to Barcelona’s skyline and coast. It was built and conceived as an ambitious addition to the urban renewal plan for Barcelona’s coastline.
The form of the building is a direct response to the stunning presence of the Mediterranean. The 26-story, slender, sail-shaped W Barcelona sits perpendicular to the dock, showcasing unprecedented sea and city views from virtually every guest room. This volume is inserted in the low-slung atrium building, which contains the lobby that enjoys plenty of natural zenithal light.
Public activities are housed beneath a platform designed in the form of two huge terraces. The sizeable volume of the conference hall, with its large glass frontage overlooking the sea, breaks the horizontal lines of the podium.
The silvered glass reflecting facade sparkles according to prevailing light conditions and changing viewpoints. The colour of the glass exterior skin of the building reflects the sky and the Mediterranean to blend into the landscape.
The 5-star hotel features 473 guest rooms and suites, a spa; a restaurant with unparalleled views of the Barcelona shoreline; a sleek rooftop bar and convention facilities.
The W Barcelona has become one of the brand’s most financially successful properties internationally.
Photo credits: Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura