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Orbital Station

City Scale

By Brian Gallagher 20.08.13

The refurbishment project for the entire hotel included the re-imagining of all the public areas located on the ground floor and mezzanine levels of the building; 3,000 sq.m. in total as well as the redesign of all 364 hotel rooms and 14 suites above. The emblematic hotel straddles the eponymous train station, an important Barcelona transport hub located at the confluence of several major arteries. Connected to the concourse via a lift and a ramp for road traffic the structure was an important manifestation of contemporary design in the Barcelona that emerged during the 90s designed by architects Piñón y Viaplana.

Composed of 14 multipurpose rooms, a restaurant (with an intriguing gastronomic offering), reception areas and a cocktail bar. Orbital Station’s design language is retro-futurist somewhere between Barbarella and 2001 A Space Odyssey and feels uncontaminated by the conservative retro- fetishistic style that is currently sweeping Barcelona. Designed by in-house architects who have created a clever and fresh feeling city scale space. The predominant element of the interior design project is a circular table adjacent to the reception that features a matching overhead light fitting that provides guests with an informal meeting and work space and which can become a stage area for events when required. The shiny wall finishes, hotel signage, furniture and carpets all perfectly reflect the space-age theme here.

  • View of the mezzanine level with accommodates the meeting rooms and restaurant

  • Reception area of the newly refurbished hotel

  • View of the restaurant