PROJECT: Parador Hotel Atlántico The Magic Box
(Article published in SpainContract, January 2014)
Glass transformation specialists Pontevedresa Group provide the glass soul of this remodelled parador hotel. A fine display of surprising finishes and textures.
The old Cadiz Parador Hotel, recently remodelled and transformed into the Parador Atlántico Hotel, was originally built in 1929 and is an important part of the city’s heritage. Following demolition, an innovative project by architect Luis Collarte has bestowed renewed splendour on the building. After more than two years’ work, the new Parador Atlántico Hotel now rises on the Cadiz coastline as a symbol of modern architecture and a commitment to technology and functionality.
The key, glass
One of the key elements behind the new-look parador is glass. The new Cadiz Parador has embraced glass as an innovative, highly versatile architectural element, which enables the creation of different atmospheres in a single space. Glass is the prevailing element in the rooms and is a pivotal feature in the communal areas, such as the lobby and restaurant. In these communal areas, an impressive box made entirely of glass helps create different atmospheres and enables the screening of audiovisual content.
This box is one of the innovations contributed to the project by Pontevedresa Group. In conjunction with the architect’s studio, the company’s innovation department developed the idea of a magic box made entirely of glass that would not only contribute functionality and beauty to the room, but that could also be used for audiovisual screening.
This solution was joined by several glass applications in the remaining rooms, by means of a variety of finishes and textures, such as fibreglass inserts, laminated glass with printed PVB, matte glass, coloured vitrified glass and scratch-resistant glass. The final objective was to ensure that glass would enhance the overall beauty of the architectural project.