Hotel VP Plaza España Design: Gingko
Sky Bar, zona wellness, salones de
eventos y espacios de restauración.
Madrid (España), 2018.
Diseño Interior/Interior Design: Diego
Gronda, Borja Maza y Maya Molina.
Colaboradores/ Colaboradores: Cristina
From Madrid, to heaven
« As winter and summer, are only good in Madrid,
from the cradle to Madrid and from Madrid
to heaven >>.
They say that these verses penned by Luis Quiñones
de Benavente are the ones that since the
XVII century have given rise to the popular expression
“From Madrid, to Heaven”. And from
the very center of Madrid to the very heaven
stands the Hotel VP Plaza España Design. It is
precisely because the sky is the main protagonist
in the Ginkgo Sky Bar and the feature
that crowns the building. Its interior design enhances
the spectacular views of the 12th floor,
which have been introduced into the place, as
yet one more element, through a glass skin,
making the boundaries between exterior and
Studio Gronda is responsible for the interior design
and the decoration project of the Ginkgo
Sky Bar, as well as the restaurant and wellness
areas of the hotel, which have just received the
Best Luxury Business Hotel Award in Spain last
June: Luxury Hotel Awards.
Ginkgo Sky Bar
Three large bars and a spectacular terrace with
solarium and swimming pool shape the space
of the Ginkgo Sky Bar. Wood furniture, upholstery
in green and orange tones, and vegetation
merge into a space that puts into value the panoramic
views and the vegetal environment of
Spain Square. With this objective, an unusual
element has been added: its faceted ceiling of
mirrors, which reflect the trees outside, integrating
them in the same reflections of the interior
of the premises.
A unique pool
The solarium surrounding the bar boasts a unique
pool: its transparent glass bottom creates a
differentiated aesthetic, while allowing natural
light to enter the atrium of the hotel.
The pool can be covered by glass platforms,
allowing its transformation into different uses:
bar, private lounge, chill out or discotheque.
Studio Gronda highlights the dialogue between
the vegetation of the Plaza de España and
the building as one of the main drivers of the
hotel’s design. In this way, the lobby is framed
by a representation of engraved metal sheets
that reproduce the ginkgo leaf, while inside a
forest of logs with wavy panels of wood has
been recreated, thanks to the effects of light, a
And if the ginkgo tree gives its name to the bar
and decorates the lobby, the surname of what
is said to be the oldest tree species on earth,
the biloba, baptizes the Wellness space. The Biloba
Wellness Center includes a hot spring area
around an infinity pool that appears to fly over
FICHA TÉCNICA/DATA SHEET
Catalá y Loly Prieto.
Proyecto de iluminación/ Lighting
Project: Artec3 Studio
Empresas proveedoras de Interiorismo
y Amueblamiento./ Companies
Supplying the Interior Design and
Carpintería/ Carpentry: Decortienda,
Vidriería/ Glassworks: Ferga, Secrisa.
Pavimentos/ Floors: Porcelanosa,
Pinturas / Paintings: Novacolor, Valentine.
Acabados/ Finishes: Porcelanosa,
Neolith, Matimex, Arte Internacional,
Dupont España, The Inox in Color.
Mobiliario/ Furniture: Andreu World,
Cocina/ Kitchen: Flores Valles.
Baño/ Bath: Roca, Porcelanosa.
Señalética/ Signage: Logopost.
On the same floor is the restaurant flanked by
two walls perforated as a vertical sculpture,
which display a careful selection of ceramic objects
representing the universal Spanish cuisine.
Diego Gronda, the architect and designer who
runs Studio Gronda, believes that the greatest
challenge in the new hotel has been the creation
of “timeless spaces that have the ability
to adapt to different experiences without foregoing
their essence, spaces designed for
continuous transformation, framing different
experiences and framing them in a memorable
“This change is only possible when the architecture
that frames it has a presence and a
visual power that generates empathy with the
user. This is how we create spaces that move
beyond time and fashion “.
Imagen izquierda y arriba: Barras del Gingko Sky Bar.
Fotografias/Photografies: José Salto