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Hotel Puerta América - Jardín
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DESIGNER
 
 
BB UK
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DESCRIPTION
 
An oasis in the middle of Madrid
BB UK Hotel Puerta America gardenB+B uk is a landscaping studio founded in 2002 by Harriet Bourne and Jonathan Bell, who have carried out projects all around the world. After having worked in other areas, both studied landscaping at the University of Greenwich. Their design idea is based on the principle that architects and designers should not impose their ideas on an area rather must discover the space’s essential characteristics through ecology, landscaping, urban development and vegetation. This studio rejects pat labels, enjoys what it does and bases its strengths on highly detailed plans.

BB UK Hotel Puerta America gardenThe two B+B projects at the hotel focused on designing an adjoining park as well as the lightweight pergolas on the terrace. These extend across the entire area and are covered in flowers in the summer to provide a refreshing ambience. They are simple and lightweight; the plants stand out while the pillars supporting them are completely invisible to the guest’s eye. This is a relaxing area that shelters guests from the hustle and bustle outside, where it is possible to sit in the shade for a moment during the day or to enjoy a drink at night in an unbeatable setting.

A pine grove surrounds the Hotel Puerta América. The first sensation is that the hotel cannot possibly be located in one of the busiest areas of Madrid. A system of concentric circles of vegetation has also been designed, extending throughout the adjoining park and designed as an ever-changing, surprising spot. This vegetation will serve as a kind of floral calendar, as all kinds of flowers will successively be in bloom from January to December. Moreover, a fence made of strips of Corten steel, combined with a stone wall in some zones, shelters the area and lends an urban touch to this oasis in the middle of Madrid, which logically adapts seamlessly to the Hotel Puerta América’s environs. The whole ground of the park is covered in sand. Notably, this is the same sand as that used in bullrings, famed for its characteristic colour which also matches the hotel façade and the type of brick used in most of the surrounding buildings. Several wooden sculptures have been placed here, as have swings and benches for hotel guests and other people to enjoy this space. This is precisely the open, welcoming philosophy of the Hotel Puerta América.
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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
 
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE AND NATURAL ENVIRONMENTS
Landscape architecture
Private gardens
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2002    
Realisation
2004 - 2005
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AWARDS
 
2006
Landscape Institute Award
Best Design under 5 hectares
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CLIENT
 
 
Hoteles Silken
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LANDSCAPE DESIGN
 
 
BB UK
 
 
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