Located on Barcelona’s famed Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, the Gates Hotel occupies a prime location on Avenida Diagonal near the landmark Torre Agbar skyscraper.
The Light Squad Studio recently designed and carried out the new lighting project for both the Gates’ lobby and terrace, seamlessly co-mingling historical and modern references to the thriving metropolis.
Natural materials like marble, brass and walnut abound, lend a rich, earthy ambience, while luxe upholstery in jewel tones is juxtaposed with the neutral walkways.
Regarding the illumination system, the lighting experts sought to create an elegant modern look for the loft-like lobby and established different accent spots across the long and diaphanous area to easily guide the guest throughout the space.
At one end, a cozy seating area flanked by dark wood cabinetry and bookshelves is defined by Vibia’s Palma. Designed by Antoni Arola, Palma connects lighting and vegetation with a striking pendant that appears to float in mid-air.
Suspended at different heights from a nearly imperceptible cable and coupled with lush, cascading greenery, the composition of blown-glass globes recalls an ancient hanging garden. Positioned near an oversized potted palm, it creates interior landscape that nods to nature and enhances the hotel’s organic, relaxed sensibility.
Palma’s LED-powered illumination casts a warm glow of wraparound illumination, perfect for the subdued, library-like setting.