Discover THE ONE BARCELONA, Designed By Jaime Beriestain
Good taste is respect for others, respect for tradition and respect for social norms. Jaime Beriestain
H10 Hotels group has entrusted interior designer Jaime Beriestain to develope the first 5 * hotel of the brand The One Hotels, which recently has opened its doors in the center of Barcelona’s Eixample district. The hotel consists of 89 spacious rooms, of which 25 are suites. All of them are conferred with a special character given by the original art works of artist Fernando Prats.
For this project, Jaime Beriestain has prioritized the use of natural light, the use of noble materials and excellent finishes, with an aim to make guests feel like at home, with all the comfort and well-being of private residences.
The presence of art works throughout the hotel -including original paintings by renowned artists such as Antonio Tàpies, Manolo Valdés, Yago Hortal, Manolo Ballesteros and the Chilean Fernando Prats-, constitute one of the basis of the creative concept in this project. The purpose of Beriestain has been to establish a parallelism with the artistic effervescence of Barcelona. For that purpose, the designer has had the support of art galleries such as Miguel Alzueta, Senda Gallery and Prats Gallery.
The entrance hall to the rooms has been conceived with a double function: an entrance itself and a bathroom. With the same finishes as the noble areas of the hotel, each hall counts on wooden panels, moldings and a pavement designed with a millimeter milling cut made of Serpeggiante marble, with the intention of creating a large contemporary carpet. Likewise, the bathroom counter is made of solid Sandras marble and includes 18 carat gold faucets from Fantini. For the shower, Jaime Beriestain has opted for the sophistication and delicacy of the Dornbracht faucets.
Each room is made up of countless ingenious details to offer the greatest comfort to its guests -such as bedside tables with USB connection, international plugs, electric curtains, smart TV and lamps with dimmers. Moreover, the entrance of each room has a totem that collects all the practical information of the hotel, such as the telephone extension numbers, the sign for laundry service, the “do not disturb” sign and the newspaper hanger, among others.
A central inner courtyard made of glass and with a sophisticated curvilinear shape, is the central axis of the project, allowing natural light to all the corridors and room access hall.
“I am obsessed with order, symmetry and the proportion of spaces because they are architectural elements that improve people’s life,” says Beriestain. With that in mind, the interior designer has minimized the diversity of materials by limiting to three types of marbles such as Sandras, Light Gray and Serpeggiante, two types of metal such as copper and brass, oak in different shapes and shades such as single wood and finally, a range of timeless and neutral colors applied in textiles. This great reduction of materials confers continuity, sophistication and serenity to all the spaces,
The One Barcelona Hotel has been designed for both, foreign visitors and Barcelona’s own citizens. Therefore, Jaime Beriestain has broken with the traditional hotel codes and has opened large windows in the common areas, which invite the curious to enter and discover the establishment. The hotel also has a Sky Bar with with 360º views of Barcelona’s most emblematic buildings such as the Casa Milà chimneys, the towers of Sagrada Familia, Barcelona’s Cathedral and the Mediterranean Sea. For the Sky Bar, Beriestain has selected glass railings that allow a panoramic view. To filter the excess of light, the interior designer has used dark oak wood.
The fixed furniture throughout the hotel is custom designed by Jaime Beriestain Studio, with an aim to achieve harmony in all elements. However, Beriestain has also selected furniture from renowned designers such as Antonio Citterio, Gastone Rinaldo or Ray and Charles Eames. “Timeless” is the adjective that defines the decoration of this establishment where neutral and warm tones are predominant. It is also worth mentioning Beriestain’s obsession with minimizing noise in all the rooms. For this purpose, he has applied isophonic windows for the facade and Kvadrat sound absorption panels in the common areas of the interior.
“The facade of a building should honor and serve the interior space, while keeping a coherence with its distribution,” says Jaime Beriestain. That’s why The One Barcelona Hotel has an orderly and slender facade. Copper, stone and glass are the three materials used by Beriestain on this architectural element, mantaining a serene harmony with the classical buildings of Barcelona’s Eixample District. The large windows are framed in copper that change the tonality depending on the day light. At night, this frame has an ingenious lighting system that transforms the building providing with a particular volume, color and texture.