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Our involvement in this project concentrated specifically on the design of the new rooms of the hotel, the definition and refurbishment of furniture, equipment and other features; both interior and exterior, also redesigning the Iballa Bar. Where the rooms were concerned there were various levels of intervention. From the minimum: apart from structural reinforcement, just changing the flooring and renewing the installations, painting and rebuilding the outside terraces; to more involved integral interventions modifying the distribution, changing all the materials and, in quite a few cases, rooms were joined together to gain a higher number of suites and junior suites.
We specifically designed furniture and features such as writing desks, luggage holders, bathroom lights, bedside tables and reading lamps. The lighting had an important role too. In fact, the chosen curtains become a paper lamp that filters the light that Is projected onto the wall from a ledge from which they hang and is always situated in the façade plan.
For the restoration of the Iballa Bar we based the design on the atmosphere of a nineteen fifties cocktail bar, the era when the hotel was opened. The use of marble, the plaster rods of the false ceiling, the textile wall covering and the use of boisere (wooden wall panelling) installed with steel rods reinforce this concept.
TECHNICAL DATA: Year 2008-2011. Location: Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Architects: Antonio Corona Bosch, Arsenio Pérez Amaral, Virgilio Gutiérrez Herreros, Eustaquio Martínez García. Client: Cabildo de Tenerife, Iberostar. Collaborators: Mark Senning, Javier Trujillo Domínguez (Architects). Arquiestructuras Tenerife (Structures), ICA (Installations), Carlos Sanabria (Telecommunications), DD7 (Quantity Surveyors), Antonio González (Health and Safety). Photography: Roland Halbe, José Ramón Oller.