In an attempt to create another famous landmark for Barcelona, Polish firm UGO Architecture has designed a 100 meter rock tower and hostel. Barcelona Rock was conceived as proposal for the international 2011 Bohemian Hostel for Backpackers competition. Although not a winner, we're pretty thrilled with the idea of a tower made expressly to be climbed, where travelers can stay inside or out on the rocks, that is sustainably designed and can become a natural habitat for animals.
Hoping to strike a balance with the city’s other famous landmarks such as the Sagrada Familia, Torre Agbar and the nearby Museum of Modern Art, Barcelona Rock hostel is largely inspired by nature and the mountains near the city. With a facade made from stone sourced locally just like the other famous works, the rocks, crevices, ledges and cracks provide space for greenery and natural habitats for birds. The tower will look more like a natural feature than a skyscraper and would become a new landmark for the city.
The rock slabs will be mounted on stilts of reinforced concrete and mounted with gaps between them and the rest of the building to encourage natural ventilation. Additionally, the rocks will provide thermal mass to soak up the heat during the day to keep the inside cool and release heat back to the hotel at night.
Inside the rock tower, the hostel will have 50 rooms with windows, a swimming pool, a spa, a gym, a cinema, a pub, shops and climbing walls for beginners. The exterior of the tower is designed explicitly for more advanced rock climbers, who will chance to spend the night on the wall using port-o-ledges and other specialty equipment. Using the tower for recreation will make the hostel an attraction and destination beyond just a place to spend the night. On top of the tower, climbers, guests of the hostel and visitors can enjoy the spectacular views.