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Old April 3rd, 2005, 01:49 PM   #1
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Vela Hotel, Barcelona

The 5-star Hotel Vela, designed by Ricardo Bofill, will become Barcelona's most stunning hotel- it will be 100 meters tall and in the shape of sail. Construction is to start in 2005 for an opening date of 2007.

Hotel Vela
Height: 100 meters
Area: 48 000 m2
Initial cost estimate: 160 million €

Construction is being financed by the joint venture FCC/Comsa, while Starwood (Sheraton, Westin, Four Points) will be the hotel managers. Arup has been contacted by Ricardo Boffil to consult on the structural engineering and building services which will meet Starwood's global standards. Arup is also responsible for fire and façade enegineering design.

Arup Spain and Arup Hotels & Leisure's past experience and relationships with both Ricardo Bofill and Starwood were key to this appointment.





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Old April 3rd, 2005, 02:00 PM   #2
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hmm dont know....to massive and too low
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Old April 4th, 2005, 03:23 AM   #3
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The renders aren't great, am sure this building looks better than that.
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Old April 4th, 2005, 04:16 AM   #4
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Old April 4th, 2005, 04:31 AM   #5
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Looks interesting, much better renders though than the original ones. Hopefully it'll look even better when completed.
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Old April 4th, 2005, 06:01 AM   #6
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Very beautiful building!
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Old April 4th, 2005, 05:29 PM   #7
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Very much like the building in Dubai, forgot it's name... But it looks very much the same. Same function, on the waterfront... hmmm...
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Old April 4th, 2005, 05:33 PM   #8
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Well, it´s obvious this building was inspired by the Dubai building

soooooo, i mean the building it´s nice but it´s not original so it doesn´t impress that much
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Old April 4th, 2005, 05:42 PM   #9
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I like the design, congratulations to Barcelona by this hotel ani ideia of high and number of floors?
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Old April 4th, 2005, 05:46 PM   #10
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it's about time. How long this project has been around ? at least 5 years.

Sorry to distract from the subject, what about Hotel Esperia ? is it u/c ?
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Old April 5th, 2005, 04:30 AM   #11
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nice design, love it, reminds me of Dubai one, but this one is better cose it is in Spain:-)
Don't like Dubai anymore, they are to egotistical.
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Old April 5th, 2005, 06:17 AM   #12
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Pretty interesting, I like it. It somewhat resembles Burj Al Arab, not only considering the design, but also the location on the shore.
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Old April 5th, 2005, 08:01 PM   #13
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It's not very amazing but I think it will look very nice on that location, congratilations to BARCELONA!!!
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Old April 5th, 2005, 08:03 PM   #14
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very beautiful
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Old April 6th, 2005, 06:53 AM   #15
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i like only the first renderings when its all white... there its really really beautiful. and yep it seems like a twin of burj al arab in the other rendeirngs.
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Old April 6th, 2005, 07:59 AM   #16
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seems that barcelona are trying to have the same buildings than in other major cities, like the st mary axe's in london and this one like the burj al arab...????????
i like the design, seems like a copy though...
are they going to reclaim the part where the building is going to be, i've been in this place, wich i can see is barcelona's marina, and there is no place right now for the building... am i right???
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Old April 6th, 2005, 01:25 PM   #17
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Quote:
Originally Posted by chex
seems that barcelona are trying to have the same buildings than in other major cities, like the st mary axe's in london and this one like the burj al arab...????????
i like the design, seems like a copy though...
are they going to reclaim the part where the building is going to be, i've been in this place, wich i can see is barcelona's marina, and there is no place right now for the building... am i right???
well...the design of torre agbar is previous to the construction on st mary axe's so I think there is no chance to say it is a copy....and the Hotel Vela...well,I think it was designed in the 2000. Anyway if you want to build a hotel in the marina place, it is clear that the subject will be something related to the sea....and a "vela"-shaped hotel, or a fish-shaped hotel, or a...whatever...is the most appropriate. On the other hand there's enough place to build this hotel..in fact, the place is waiting for the construction and meanwhile the Cirque du Soleil has settled down there for a couple of months.
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Old April 6th, 2005, 11:22 PM   #18
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I think it's a beautiful edition to the world's most beautiful city.
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Old April 6th, 2005, 11:59 PM   #19
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Manuel
it's about time. How long this project has been around ? at least 5 years.

Sorry to distract from the subject, what about Hotel Esperia ? is it u/c ?
yes, I remember the previous news about this project in 1999.
I was so young!

Hotel Hesperia is under construction and has already topped out. You can
see that at Spanish forum.
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Old April 7th, 2005, 12:02 AM   #20
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I'm not all that extremely impressed by the designs, but still this building might look very good with all the waters, surroudings, etc..
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