‘Pez Espada’ is an emblematic hotel located in Torremolinos, Malaga, which, since its inauguration in 1959, was positioned as a forerunner of the ‘Architecture of Relaxation’ in the region and was a meeting place chosen by many celebrities from around the world during the golden age of twentieth century. In 2020, Azora European Hotel & Lodging, the owner of the establishment, and its manager, the Med Playa group, decided to rehabilitate and reposition the hotel, relying on ILMIODESIGN for the design of the common areas.
Thus, in this new intervention, the studio has remodeled the common spaces of the hotel with the aim of restoring its original splendor with a sophisticated and current style. His performance has created a differentiation between the various areas of the hotel offering spaces that go ‘in crescendo’ from a fresher and more relaxed style for the outdoor areas, to a marked drama and theatricality present in the hotel lobby .
As a common thread of the different areas, images of the original architecture of the hotel have been used, as well as celebrities who stayed in it and who starred in some of the most notable situations and anecdotes in its history.
Similarly, ILMIODESIGN has used repeating the graphic with the image of the swordfish in the design of elements as varied as tiling, pergolas, ceilings or even lamps. Thus, although an aesthetic differentiation has been created between the spaces based on the formality of their use, they all have a connection and are the result of the same objective: relive the golden years of the hotel ‘Swordfish”.
The hotel opens to the public through spaces such as the hall, the Hall of Fame and the lobby , where Andrea Spada and Michele Corbani, founders of ILMIODESIGN, have treated with the utmost respect original elements such as its wooden paneling, the famous mural painted by Pierre François or its emblematic swordfish sculpture that currently presides over the reception desk after a large display case with gilded frames.
Its characteristic floor and columns of irregular shapes are unified thanks to the creation of a golden longitudinal tongue that accentuates the division between the lateral spaces and central. The latter is characterized by its careful lighting through large circular chandeliers and specific elements that bathe the sinuous curves of the columns.
Both in the lobby As in the Hall of Fame, small interaction spaces have been generated for guests through the arrangement of furniture, the use of mobile elements, such as curtains, and fixed elements, such as the design arches, typical of a contemporary reinterpretation with art deco touches.
The establishment also has different rooms designed for leisure and enjoyment , among which the Mediterranean Room stands out, where the furniture maintains an elegant aesthetic and sophisticated, but due to its festive atmosphere and direct views of the sea, the Italian duo has opted for a vibrant turquoise blue to dress the walls, taking the space seriously. Once again, lighting plays an important role, which is why many of the luminaires have been specially designed by ILMIODESIGN exclusively.
For its part, in the outdoor area, its terrace stands out for the large mural by Rita Hayworth and for the visual game created by the combination in mint green and white colors, both in the furniture and in the flooring itself. A reproduction of the swordfish sculpture crowns the views of the sea. What do you think of the result of the reform?
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