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UGO architecture: barcelona rock
may 08, 2011
UGO architecture: barcelona rock


‘barcelona rock’ hostel by UGO architecture
images courtesy of UGO architecture

polish studio UGO architecture has sent us images of their latest design proposal ‘barcelona rock’,
a hostel in the mountainous region outside the spanish city. the project, standing 100 meters tall,
was conceived for the international competition ‘bohemian hostel for backpackers’.

looking to create a balance between the new structure and the existing landmarks – including the
sagrada familia and torre agbar – the building adopts a stoney, ridge-like form that camouflages
with its surrounding environment. covered in greenery and providing shelter for birds,
the hostel becomes a natural feature of the historic center.


overall structure

containing fifty rooms with windows, a swimming pool, spa, gym, cinema, pub and small climbing
wall for beginners, the hostel aims to become a both a symbol for the city and a welcoming, exiting
place for young travelers. outside, advanced climbers can scale the side of the structure.


street level

large stone blocks measuring four meters in height compose the exterior facade.

large breaks between each slab allows light and air to penetrate through the structure,
while providing panoramic views outwards. 


rock climbing up the side of the tower


viewing deck


plan and section


concept images


concept images

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