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The ME hotel and the adjacent office building form a complex of two equivalent buildings in form and materials that are formally sought and complemented, located at one of the key junctions of Poblenou, which form Diagonal Avenue and Pere IV. The two buildings are separated by Lope de Vega Street, but neither is taken into account for their alignment.
The hotel is lined with Pere IV and the offices on Diagonal. Both have very abstract volumes with certain common features that form a unitary set consisting of two sets (each of them is a building) of two overlapping prisms that slide together. When sliding, the upper prism is partially cantilevered. The office building is a screen on the Diagonal. Its cantilever is projected towards Lope de Vega Street. The hotel building, the more unique of the two, is a very slender skyscraper made up of two binoculars, one of which is four stories above the street. The cantilever marks the entrance to the building and opens onto Peter IV. So, the two cantilevers do not look at each other, but they are perceived as a single intervention when they look at each other.
The treatment of both building’s façades is unitary, based on glazed materials or very smooth metals, looking for reflective surfaces that allow the unitary reading of the volume. The hotel’s windows are arranged in a checkered pattern to make it easier to read the façade as a unit and not to distort the plans. The hotel does not have any plinths and its façade treatment crashes against the floor in an undifferentiated manner.
It is noteworthy that the separate buildings and the unit they form are not designed to be viewed from the front, but for the oblique views that force the streets in which they are located. Even the frontal view from the other side of the Diagonal leaves one of the two buildings oblique and reinforces the sculptural character of the whole.
The complex is complemented by a service building located behind the hotel, solved in the same language, which due to being aligned with Peter IV and misaligned with Lope de Vega, the street where it leads, forms a square of quite attractive access from which there are some very interesting views of the building.
The hotel is based on the two dimensions that make up the identity of the Catalan metropolis: the horizontal plot of the Cerdà Plan and the vertical dynamics of the Sagrada Família, the Agbar tower and the Tibidabo mountain. The building consists of a simple set of linked volumes: a cube seated horizontally in the city and a 30-storey tower that offers a new landmark. An impressive cantilever at 20m marks the entrance to Diagonal Avenue as a sign of identity and, at the back, the cube is bordered by an open square. The twinning of these boxes determines the distribution of functions. The volume at the back brings together the collective services of the hotel, and the tower, which is wide and shallow, houses the rooms. These are designed to look outward through large windows. This view is cut by panels of different opacities and textures that cover the façade and liven it up both day and night.