8th Floor Puerta America Hotel
"Nineteen of the world's best architects create the hotel of the future in Madrid". Each of the hotel's 12 floors bears the imprint of a different design talent. Each floor measures 1300 m2 and the only constraint was that each had to contain 28 rooms and two junior suites. The external structure was developed by SGA Studio and is a fairly standard rectangular tower block. John Pawson did the common areas, while Jean Nouvel designed the cladding on the facade and was commissioned to design the 12th floor with 12 luxurious suites (as an exception on the 28-room-rule). Kathryn Findlay explained that the project interested her as it gave her the opportunity to design a space of pure comfort. When she was developing her work she attempted to recreate a place of meditation where you can dream, where you feel as if you are floating on the clouds and feel the freshness of the breeze.