Interior Architecture: Moneo Brock Studio (Belén Moneo) Gastón & Daniela (Mireia Cervera) Rafael Moneo Vallés Arquitectura (Cristian Naudin)
Architecture: Rafael Moneo and Lucho Marcial
Situated in a series of old medieval buildings in the Gothic neighborhood of Barcelona, one of its most historic districts, the Hotel Mercer elegantly blends the old with the new. The architectural restoration gives value to the masonry walls that once belonged to the city's fortifications, parts of which date back to roman times. The hotel is structured around the original courtyard, which has been preserved as a garden of citrus trees. Most of the rooms have balconies towards either the courtyard or the street, so natural light abounds.
The interior design is modern and fresh, but at the same time subdued and respectful of its setting. On every occasion we took the building's historical elements and idiosyncrasies, its corbels and its arches, as hidden treasures providing design opportunities. As a result, every room is unique, as the design overlay lets the special spatial qualities of the older construction read through. The hotel's high standard of finish and level of amenity not just coexist with the genuine antique roughness of the structure but are complemented with it.
The search for comfort permeates all our choices as designers, and the warmth of textures and colors plays a critical role in our choice of materials. In the simplicity of forms constituting our design it is evident that we wanted the medieval building structure that embodied the architecture to be the protagonist.