AÜRT Handed the ‘Best European Design 2019’ Award
The most beautiful restaurant on the continent is in Barcelona, according to the renowned International Hotel & Property Awards 2019
BARCELONA, Spain - AÜRT, the Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona restaurant, has won first place in the category for “Best Restaurant Design in Europe” at The International Hotel & Property Awards 2019. The project, designed by London studio The Hickson Design Partnership (THDP), is part of the final phase of the Barcelona hotel’s ambitious renovation plan, launched in November 2016, encompassing the complete renovation of 440 rooms in 2017 and the comprehensive redesign of its events and meeting spaces.
“One of the key objectives within our strategy has been to create an inspiring, stimulating and fully dynamic scenario where action flows and evolves in natural fashion. We wanted to present a lifestyle destination fitting to various client profiles, consistently in touch with the local community. Thanks to the work of Nick Hickson and his architectural team, we have been able to achieve perfect harmony between interior design and our new mission,” affirmed Joachim Hartl, Hilton Area Manager for the Iberian Peninsula.
AÜRT, which launched last February, is Hilton Diagonal Mar’s new gastronomical brainchild, captained by Michelin-starred chef Artur Martínez. Hilton Diagonal Mar and Martínez have been responsible for the creation of an informal haute cuisine restaurant, exposed at the heart of the hotel lobby. On their part, THDP took on the task of materializing the perfect space for a culinary project unique to the city.
One of the traits of this project is that both the rehearsal and the main event take place right in the heart of the hotel lobby. AÜRT is characterized by the transparency existing behind each plate, meticulously prepared in front of the client in an exclusive setting seating only 15 people, divided into two expansive, comfortable tables. The kitchen is in sight of the tables and offers a direct interaction between chef and dinner guest.
Under these parameters, the interior design studio faced the great challenge of creating an intimate space in a restaurant situated in a hotel’s central lobby. The creative concept began with designing a stage, considering that a large part of the kitchen’s work would be witnessed live.
With this in mind, the interior design studio placed two extensive oak bars made of rust- coloured stone fixed alongside the kitchen work spaces, whilst the choice of furniture is a blend of Spanish contemporary design. The kitchen team weaves into the texture of the space, to the extent possible.
The London firm took inspiration from the essence of the Mediterranean and the icons that define the city and has used a chromatic pallet based on simplicity and naturalness, with hard and angular shapes to focus attention directly on the food. Meanwhile, tones in petrol blue and burnt orange are used to represent the energetic spirit of Barcelona. Large hanging brass lamps play a star role in the restaurant’s lighting, intentionally bringing focus to the dishes and their creator.
Coexisting alongside AÜRT and also led by Martínez is MA´I, a more informal setting, paying worship to the elaboration of beverages, recovering their historical relevance in the big hotels whilst reinterpreting their service under a unique gastronomical vision. This area combines three distinct spaces dedicated to infusion, fermentation and distillation. Whilst the lobby shares the same aesthetic harmony as AÜRT, the studio has introduced more colour to create a sense of separation.
“We are delighted with this new award. Since the beginning, we have been working with The Hickson Design Partnership to create a different atmosphere which adapts to our own gastronomical narrative. The result we’ve achieved has been really satisfying, maintaining visibility and intimacy at the same time, in spite of being in a completely open space,” commented Artur Martínez, head chef of AÜRT restaurant.
For more information and reservations: www.aurtrestaurant.com
Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona
Passeig del Taulat 262 - 264
08019 Barcelona, España
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About The International Hotel & Property Awards 2019
The International Hotel & Property Awards are hosted by design et al, a leading UK interior design magazine. Their aim is to commend design, recognize talent, create opportunities and quite simply to offer inspiration. The International Hotel & Property Awards offer a number of different categories covering hospitality design, interior design and property design and to meet the demand of the clients, more categories have, again, been added to the schedule. See more at www.thedesignawards.co.uk
About Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona
Located in one of Barcelona’s most avant-garde neighborhoods and mere steps from the beach, the Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona provides a contemporary space for both business and pleasure. Recently renovated rooms and meeting rooms have turned the hotel into a modern, vibrant and dynamic hub designed to attract a broad range of guests, from international business clients to the city’s emerging talents to tourists and local clientele.
The hotel has 433 rooms, including 21 spacious suites, as well as 22 meeting rooms with natural light equipped to meet a full range of needs, a ballroom with a maximum capacity of 1,000 people, and a wide selection of outdoor spaces to accommodate events for up to 540 guests.
Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona features three mouth-watering dining options: the Purobeach Barcelona Restaurant & Bar from May to October, and the restaurant AÜRT and lobby bar MA’I, the new culinary project leaded by the Michelin-starred Artur Martínez.
About The Hickson Design Partnership (THDP)
The Hickson Design Partnership is a UK & Italian, Architecture and Interior Design practice specialising in: hospitality, high end residential projects, product design & also creative product consultancy. THDP was established in 2004 by partners Nicholas Hickson and Manuela Mannino their goal to bring together some of Britain’s & Italy’s diverse design talents and to serve the most prestigious International clients. THDP was founded when we were commissioned to undertake the interior design for the Olympic Hotel Project ‘Pragelato Village Resort and Spa’ in Italy. Since then THDP have gone on to design many other hotels and residential interiors in: Italy, Poland, Russia, Israel, France and the United Kingdom. www.thdpdesign.com
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Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 18 world-class brands comprising more than 6,100 properties with more than 971,000 rooms, in 119 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company, Hilton welcomed more than 3 billion guests in its 100-year history, earned a top spot on the 2019 World’s Best Workplaces list, and was named the 2019 Global Industry Leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors, more than 103 million members who book directly with Hilton can earn Points for hotel stays and experiences money can’t buy, plus enjoy instant benefits, including digital check-in with room selection, Digital Key, and Connected Room. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information, and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.Download Article Photos