Every person we meet and every place we go gives us a first impression. Often, that first impression is fueled by the image that person or place presents of itself, and we all know what they say: an image is worth a thousand words. For this reason, Marina Port Vell Barcelona prefers to reflect its elegance and quality through its first-class facilities, particularly through its award-winning flagship building, The Gallery, which recently underwent a renovation aimed at embodying the essence of the marina.
The commitment to this careful remodeling project, led by the Barcelona interior design studio, Alfons & Damián, has focused on the transformation of its entrance hall and the creation of new meeting spaces, with the aim of improving the customer experience and consolidating the excellence of the service it currently provides.
The Gallery as an allegory of the sea
Evoking with its shape the bow of a yacht, it is not surprising that The Gallery has once again opted for the sea as its protagonist.
Upon entering the glass building there is a circular walnut wood bench with a camel-colored upholstery that houses a lush natural kentia in the center. Likewise, simulating a wave, as an allegory of the sea, we find another bench with different uses: on the one hand, it functions as a waiting area and, on the other hand, it becomes a small meeting space as it is accompanied by a round travertine table and a pendant light.
All this is accompanied by the floor covered with Hermitage marble that provides a point of brightness and light to the space, giving a sophisticated look to the marina hall. In the background, behind a travertine marble bookcase and glass shelves, designed specifically for this project, there is a meeting room.
VIP rooms for meetings
Presided over by a 6.5-meter travertine table, the room is crowned by a suspended slab, upholstered with terracotta-colored acoustic fabric, which in turn projects on the floor like a large carpet of geometric pieces of different colors, in tune with each other. Said table is surrounded by a total of 16 Rely & Tradition chairs. Perfect for holding board meetings or regular meetings in a unique setting. Marta Tuñí, Marina Port Vell´s Marketing and Communication Director explains that “this VIP room is perfectly prepared to host meetings in a unique environment in the city, we are sure that it will be a great success among companies in Barcelona”. The room is rented by hours or days.
In one of the corners, following the organic forms that define the project, a large support cabinet, which houses a bar and even a service cart, to be able to serve the members of the meetings. Some natural linen curtains allow to give more intimacy to the room without creating opacity, thus always allowing visual contact with the port and the sea.
This space also has state-of-the-art audiovisual systems from Bang & Olufsen, as well as Beovision Harmony: a television experience that takes the decoration of any space to a higher level, while enveloping it with impeccable sound.
Like a butterfly spreading its wings, two meticulously crafted oak and aluminum decks fan out while a fine screen rises allowing the viewer to enjoy an unprecedented view. Beovision Harmony is a spectacular piece of design that, once again, exemplifies Bang & Olufsen’s uncompromising approach to design, craftsmanship and sound efficiency.
In addition, the space features the new Beoplay A9, the latest edition of the firm’s iconic speaker, widely recognized as one of the most distinctive and successful integrations of sound and beauty on the market to date.
Reference events above the sea
Marina Port Vell is a unique setting for holding events. Its spaces are designed to offer memorable experiences to its customers. In addition to The Sea Garden and Blue Wave spaces, now, with the new remodeling, access to the Crew Lounge, at the top of The Gallery building, offers guests extra sophistication.
“We wanted to convey greater warmth and exclusivity in order to offer a truly unique experience, and clearly we have achieved it,” Tuñí added.