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Hotel Puerta América - Garaje
Car Park
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DESIGNER
 
 
Teresa Sapey

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DESCRIPTION
 
Stimulus of colours
Teresa Sapey Hotel Puerta America Car Park“On an emotional level, I have striven to tell a tale about each person’s right to live his or her life as he or she sees fit”. This sentence is clearly a declaration of intentions and reflects the strong advocacy of freedom of choice on which the project Hotel Puerta América is based. The Italian architect’s idea is based on simple lines and colour. Only an architect like Teresa Sapey would dare to undertake such a radical, colour-saturated proposition in a space that, in theory, is as dark as an underground car park usually is. As she explains, her greatest source of inspiration was Paul Éluard’s poem Freedom, which takes up the entire façade of the Hotel Puerta América. Indeed, the poem gives shape to the writings imprinted on the wall, thus becoming symbols alluding to freedom to express oneself, to listen, to speak...

Teresa Sapey Hotel Puerta America Car Park“As time goes by I’m more and more convinced that car parks are urban spaces that until now have been largely ignored. I am fascinated by how a space in which functionality is the key can simultaneously appeal to an individual’s emotional side”. A simple iconographic code on the walls leads the guest through the garage. The motifs are a finger pointing to the exits, people running with a dog, a person in a wheelchair... all of which have been rendered by mixing words from Éluard’s poem. The colour takes care of the rest in a search for this emotional stimulus that Sapey alludes to in her quest for freedom. For this reason, the floor and walls are colored in different tones, making the garage much more fun, and conferring the feeling of warmth. On top of that, it is also well-lit. On the first underground floor, the Italian architect chose warm colours: orange, red and yellow; while in the second underground floor, the cool bluish palette predominates.

She herself acknowledges that one of the recurring themes in her designs is repeated here as well: “artistic unity”. Sapey explains that “colour, and thus light, helps us to situate ourselves, they give us co-ordinates. Iconography speaks to us about other possible realities (freedom)”. There is no doubt that her design should be viewed as a fitting introduction to the dreaming, free spirit of the Hotel Puerta América. And this freedom begins right from the most hidden core of the building.
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Europe
Nation
Spain [España]
Region
Madrid
Province
Madrid
Town
Madrid
District
Distrito 05 - Chamartín
Neighborhoods
Barrio 52 - Prosperidad
Address
Avenida América 41
 
 
Telephone
+34.917.445.400
Fax
+34.917.445.401
Website
E-mail
hotel.puertamerica@hoteles-silken.com
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TYPOLOGY
 
ARCHITECTURE
Transport buildings and structures
Garages, car parking, etc.
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2002    
Realisation
2004 - 2005
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BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES
 
 
Maurizio Vogliazzo, "19 progettisti/Hotel Puerta America, Madrid", L'Arca 209, dicembre/december 2005, pp. 44-45 (44-67)
"Teresa Sapey. Il parcheggio come spazio del profondo/The car park as a profound space", L'Arca 209, dicembre/december 2005, pp. 46-47 (44-67)
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