Hotel de Arte — Architecture Competition by

Rethinking Challenge to design an art hotel — ‘Hotel de Arte’ Design Challenge by UNI

Fig: 1 — The city streets are bustling with visitors from around the world.


Travelling offers a respite from a busy schedule and also allows experiencing a new culture in a new setting. With the rising popularity of traveling, more cities are equipping themselves with amenities or attraction features that are conducive to tourism.

The local culture is put on a front pedestal to engage tourists’ in the immersive experience of a distinct land. Art and performances are an important part of the tangible aspects of the cultural heritage of a place and are explored extensively by visitors of every region.

Fig: 2 — Local artists find a place in tourist spots around the city to display their art.


These establishments are frequently visited by art enthusiasts and tourists for an immersive local cultural experience.

But the representation of the artwork in institutional establishments is exclusive and limited. Only a handful of artists get the chance to present their work. Artists rely on their audience to portray their work and connect to their viewers.

How can we provide new avenues for artists to connect with their audience?

Fig: 3 — Art murals reanimate local neighborhoods.


But more often than not, these art pieces tend to take a back seat in the ambiance impact of a space. The capacity of artwork, to act as a pit stop for engagement and deliberation, is unexplored. Art can be a conversation starter and engagement device. This ability can be used to create more hospitable environments in hotels. Hotels of every budget can benefit from this artistic addition.

Hotels are often privacy-oriented, but this can leave new travelers feeling isolated and lonely. Art can be used as a bridge to render a lively and engaging experience for the residents creating an immersive cultural journey.

Fig: 4 — Art galleries are popular among tourists and this experience can be translated into other typologies.


The design can be inspired by the local art and culture of the region it is set in. The hotel must consist of art-related activity spaces like a gallery, exhibition hall, and so on. The design must establish a connection with the surrounding areas.

The art hotel design will become a part of the cultural landscape of the region. Since the building will be visited by residents staying at the hotel and outside visitors, access points must be appointed accordingly for security and privacy reasons.

An art hotel aims to design the hotel around the art it presents. The experience of a hotel is elevated with creative storytelling through architectural spaces. A successful collaboration can be achieved between local art organizations and private hotel investors.


  • Balance: Art should not remain a filler but influence the design of the space around it. At the same time, art must not overwhelm the living spaces in the hotel.
  • Comfort: The public-private domain spaces must be allocated accordingly. The well-being of the users must be the top priority while facilitating the hotel with services.
  • Context: The richness and diversity of the site context must be portrayed in the form and space design of the proposal.


Fig: 5— Site image

Barcelona city in Spain is a palette that is a blend of vibrant and distinct cultures from all over the globe. It has a marvelous landscape of art and architecture, with modern trends and local traditions. The city draws major tourism, for both nature and culture intensive experiences.

The art scene of the city is dynamic. Besides the many art galleries and museums, the urban spaces around the city are a canvas for public art by world-famous artists. The local artists showcase their work in public plazas all over the city.

The site can be accessed via Carrer de Bilbao or Carrer del Marroc road. Located in the neighborhood of Sant Marti, it is surrounded by residential and commercial sites. It is opposite the Parc Central del Poblenou, a popular tourist site designed by Jean Nouvel.

  • Site area = 8537 sq.m
  • Height restriction = 10 metres
  • Maximum FAR: 1
  • Ground coverage = 50%
  • Setbacks (as per CAD plan)
  • Coordinates = 41°24'26.8"N 2°11'53.8"E


  • Spaces for leisure: 30 hotel rooms, spas
  • Spaces to recreate: exhibition hall, gallery, restaurants, cafes
  • Spaces to work: conference hall, workshops, studios (indoor/outdoor)
  • Administration and Services

Open areas such as courtyards, gardens, open-air theatre, and so on can be incorporated as per the participant’s requirements.

Find all the competition brief, terms, and other registration guidelines on this

page: Hotel de Arte | Hospitality Building Competition on UNI | About

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