UGO architecture: barcelona rock
UGO architecture: barcelona rock 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

  • excelent. a horrible structure ready to give some good company to the already horrible MACBA structure. FAIL.

    This sucks says:
  • cool

    david says:
  • cool, but im pretty sure like 50 people would fall off a day…. LOL

    JustSomeGuy says:
  • great idea…but security issues must be troubled shoot first.

    M says:
  • great! fresh thinking! … first we must break mind limits then we can start to think about security …

    Anna says:
  • it looks soooo bad

    sooo bad says:
  • how to kill a great skyline…

    Niek says:
  • Very interesting. Inspiring

    p says:
  • it is such a nice building! impressive, inspiring and it fits with the mountainous backdrop of barcelona! i dont thing that one should bother with security issues, climbers are not stupid and they know how to secure themselves. really Great concept!

    alexandrawagner says:
  • Interesting concept….. wouldn’t agree so much on the design aspect though. Trying to imitate natural rock formations, might end up making the building look like a Disney ride. I would have to agree with previous people on security issues.

    A hostel for backpackers who pay a bed in a dorm? Is it feasible?

    Mel says:
  • it’s great very creative

    flo says:
  • Sure, as if they hadn’t other things more worthwhile, such as housing problems. What a waste of megajoules!

    Diablo says:
  • Egh. How unimaginative. Designer should’ve researched ‘urban climbing’. No need to make a building that looks like a rock. A much better concept is the silo adaptation.

    Archipeep says:
  • This will destroy Barcelona.

    Vis says:
  • around the rock should be area for falling down bodys

    q says:
  • As climbers begin to rain over the crowd …

    Turriano says:
  • very good concept indeed. exelent work! we took part in the same competition and developed a similar concept. this might interest you…

    aie architectes says:
  • I think it’s a nice idea, but more like an Concept Hostel… I really doubt
    that a normal backpacker can afford a night there.

    Nevertheless congratulations for designers and architects who created it.

    Poncho says:
  • it looks a bit kitsch-y. instead of just copying a natural element, they could have reinterpreted it. it’s a good idea, but still…

    x says:

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