The design of the AXEL Hotel on Atocha Street in Madrid superposes a series of historic references forming a complex and explosive tandem. Firstly, the privileged location in the very midst of Madrid’s literary neighborhood. Secondly, the palatial 19th-century building in which it is located. Finally, an important role in the design choices was also played by some of Madrid’s most traditional and popular characteristics. In order to achieve this atmosphere, the most important strategy in the design is the use of colour, an element which accompanies us throughout all the areas of the hotel, which is applied with a different character and material nature in each zone.
▼餐厅公共用餐空间概览，over view of the public dinning restaurant
▼色彩缤纷的餐厅中的两个红色吧台是餐厅最显眼的元素，the main characters of this colourful universe are the two large red bars presiding over the two rooms
What was originally the entrance to the building for the horse-drawn carriages is today the entrance to the hotel and divides the most public part of the restaurant into two rooms. Both spaces are designed under the same concept: a carefree atmosphere with a distinctly colourful character employing large graphic elements of colour with references to the “Movida Madrileña” and the visual universe created by Almodovar, the well-known Spanish movie director.
▼餐厅酒店一侧入口，entrance of the restaurant from the hotel side
Las Chicas, Los Chicos y Los Maniquies 餐厅的名字是伴随着“马德里新潮文化运动”（Movida Madrileña）产生的一首歌的名字，这首歌的歌词到现在仍然很流行。这个色彩缤纷的空间中最显眼的特征是贯穿整个空间的两个大红色吧台。两个红色吧台在早上作为早餐自助餐桌，在其它剩余时间内则是最具马德里风格的小吃和啤酒吧台。马德里流行文化的另一个重要元素就是经典的街区商店，具有大大的广告橱窗、吸引人的名字、难以置信的折扣。腰带、帽子和精致的人体模型填补了城市内仍然保留着的这些商店的橱窗。虽然可能看起来很奇特，但Atocha街设法保留住了一些最经典的商店，让商店空间内使用大幅亮眼的海报和吸引人的名称，设计师希望餐厅设计能向这些商店表达真诚的敬意。
▼设计向经典的橱窗商店致敬，design wanted to pay sincere homage to the classic neighborhood stores with large window advertisements
The name of the restaurant “Las Chicas, Los Chicos y Los Maniquies” was precisely the title of one of the songs which accompanied the “Movida Madrileña” and whose lyrics are still part of our popular culture today.The main characters of this colourful universe are the two large red bars presiding over the two rooms. All morning they function as buffet tables for breakfast and as snack and beer bars—in the purest Madrid style—during the remainder of the day. Another important element of the popular culture of Madrid is the classic neighborhood stores with their large window advertisements, attractive names and incredible offers. Sashes, hats and elaborate mannequins fill some of the scarce shop windows still left in this part of the city. Strange as it may seem, Atocha Street has managed to keep intact some of its more classic shops, to which our design wanted to pay sincere homage filling the space with large luminous posters with attractive commercial names.
▼内部采用大量彩色图形元素，the interior employs large graphic elements of colour
▼吧台一侧用餐空间，dinning area on one side of the bar
In the lower part of the hotel, the restaurant has three small interconnected dining rooms where, once again, colour is the indisputable principal element. Each room achieves its own personality by use of a single colour: red, greenish and pink. Their walls covered in textiles, as well as the chromatic choices, seek to reference the noble rooms of 19th-century palatial homes.
▼酒店下部餐厅-绿色包间入口，restaurant in the lower part of the hotel-entrance of the green room
▼三个内部相连的包间采用不同的颜色：红色、绿色、粉色，three small interconnected dining rooms achieve their own personality by use of a single colour: red, greenish and pink
▼红色包间与绿色包间相连入口，the entrance that connects the red and greenish dinning rooms
▼红色包间-织物包裹墙壁，red dinning room-walls covered in textiles
▼粉色包间-设计参照19世纪宫殿式住宅的高雅房间，pink dinning room-the design seeks to reference the noble rooms of 19th-century palatial homes.
Location: Calle de Atocha, 49 —28012, Madrid
Client: HI Partners, Grup Iglesias
Floor Area: 280 m²
Interior Design by EL EQUIPO CREATIVO
Completed: August 2017
Photographer: Adrià Goula and Paco Montanet