Marc Newson

Hotel Puerto America
Hotel Puerto America
Hotel Puerto America
Hotel Puerto America
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Hotel Puerto America

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The Hotel Puerto America was a unique project combining the work of noted architects and designers, each of its twelve floors created by a different designer. Jean Nouvel designed the building and one of its floors, while other contributors included Zaha Hadid, John Pawson, Arata Isozaki, Ron Arad, David Chipperfield, Plasma Studio and Norman Foster.

Each designer was given complete freedom within the general layout of each floor. Marc chose a restrained, comfort-oriented tonal palette for the rooms, with soft white, black, and grey as the base colors with deep red lacquer as the accent for shelves and cupboards. He used leather, marble, lacquered wood and natural oak to establish an overall basis of high-quality materials throughout the suites. Marc also designed the hotel’s bar, featuring a giant louvred wall made from slatted laser-cut aluminum that allowed light to flow through to the floor above the bar and booth nook, conference and meeting rooms. The bar itself was carved out of single piece of Carrara marble—at that time the single biggest piece of Statuario Venato marble ever quarried and worked by the marble contractor.






Madrid, Spain