Palm Frond Facade Acts As Curtains For Barcelona Hotel [Pics]
The unique result redefines green building.
‘Green building' can mean different things to different architects, but in Barcelona, the site of Gaudí's wild innovations, it sometimes seems as if anything could bloom. Architectural photographer Roland Halbe recently captured a unique take on new challenges to be environmentally conscious as integrated into Barcelona's rich architectural history. The Renaissance Barcelona Fira Hotel, completed in 2012 by Ribas & Ribas Arquitectos and Jean Nouvel, offers a unique take on the recent trend of botanical buildings by responding to the the plants' natural beauty with windows and other features that echo their shapes. The plants that wind along its exposed staircase have a unique partnership with its outer facade, allowing light to shine through differently at different times of the day. Thus the building, despite standing at more than 300 feet tall, has a unique way of blending into the surrounding streetscape. The architects have stated that the building's vertical gardens create a “living element in permanent transformation” through the unique play of light.