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Published: Friday, October 20, 2006

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Sheraton Abandoibarra Hotel, Bilbao

The hotel is part of the new Ria 2000 master plan of the City of Bilbao, several blocks away from the Guggenheim Museum. Inspired by the work of the artist Chillida and the solid roots, history and culture of the Basque Country, the building is treated like a solid stone block, relieved by a lattice of perforations.

By: Legorreta + Legorreta Architects

Architecture-Page | Sheraton Abandoibarra Hotel, Bilbao, Spain by Legorreta + Legorreta Architects
Views into the 8-storey central atrium from entry level - left: the bank of glass elevators visible upon entry to one side; right: looking back towards the entrance facade.

In its interior there is an 8-storey central atrium that culminates in a ceiling forming half of a vault. Light plays a very important role in this space. Illuminated by a number of perforations, a different light and shadow game unfolds at each hour of the day.

Architecture-Page | Sheraton Abandoibarra Hotel, Bilbao, Spain by Legorreta + Legorreta Architects
The Chillida bar on the ground floor

The bar and restaurant is located on the ground floor, while the suites are distributed across different levels. The pool and the health club is located on the 6th floor, in one of the big perforations with the park view.

Architecture-Page | Sheraton Abandoibarra Hotel, Bilbao, Spain by Legorreta + Legorreta Architects
One of the executive suites, with the 9-square lattice window clearly visible on the right.

The hotel has more than 211 rooms, between standard rooms and suites, having all the installations of a 5 stars hotel.

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