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One Hotel, 19 Architects


By Jill M. Speegle

Where can you admire the architectural genius of Norman Foster, Zaha Hadid and David Chipperfield all in one place?

Answer: Madrid and, more specifically, the Silken Puerta América Hotel.

Hotel Silken
Photos: Hotel Silken

Each floor of theSilken Puerta América Hotel in Madrid, Spain, has been designed by a different architect. The project gave each architect the chance to reflect on his or her work and culture.

Almost 20 world-renowned architects put their signature touches on 12 design-focused floors, from the parking garage to the penthouse. The $94 million luxury hotel was completed in 2005.

Floor by floor, the first-of-its-kind project gave each architect the chance to reflect on his or her work and culture.

The floors feature an array of materials, textures, colors and shapes to create a collective avant-garde design where creativity and originality flourish, according to project details.

The levels, themes, names of the designers, and images are below.

Parking Level: Stimulus of colors by Teresa Sapey.



Reception Desk and meeting rooms by John Pawson.

Reception desk


MarmoBar cocktail bar by Marc Newson.


Restaurant: Latin inspiration by Christian Liaigre.


First Floor: Sinuous lines, fluid spaces by Zaha Hadid.

Floor 1


Second Floor: Elegance and flexibility by Norman Foster.

Floor 2


Third Floor: Luxury and privacy by David Chipperfield.

Floor 3


Fourth Floor: An exercise in geometry by Plasma Studio.


Fifth Floor: Fashion that bedecks an interior by Victorio & Lucchino.


Sixth Floor: The luxury and comfort of simplicity by Marc Newson.


Seventh Floor: An interplay of sinuous shapes by Ron Arad.


Eighth Floor: Light in motion by Kathryn Findlay, Jason Bruges.


Ninth Floor: Boxes of colors by Richard Gluckman.


Tenth Floor: Japanese tradition by Arata Isozaki.


Eleventh Floor: Good vibrations by Javier Mariscal and Fernando Salas.


Twelfth Floor and penthouse by Jean Nouvel.

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Jill M. Speegle

Jill Speegle is the Editor of Durability + Design News. She earned her B.A. in journalism and English as well as her J.D. from the University of Arkansas. In Sketches, Jill shares her thoughts on a number of topics that may be of interest to the D+D community, including architecture, interior design, green building, historic restoration, and whatever else catches her radar.



Tagged categories: Architecture; Color; Design; Green building; Interior design; Restoration; Aesthetics; Artists; Building design; Color + Design; Europe

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