María Cristina Hotel

San Sebastián, Spain

After its opening in 1912, the impressive building designed by French architect Charles Mewes has been expanded and renovated several times, most recently in 2012. The restoration has comprised the entire building, letting it be up to date in aesthetics and technologically.

Now that the first century of life has been met and a new era begins our challenge has been to maintain the essence of the golden age and all the glamor of the Belle Époque in the heart of San Sebastian while providing the state of the art technology.

The lighting of this unique building is based on concepts of sustainability, efficiency and comfort. The premise of the design has been developed to update a symbolic building by incorporating the latest technologies, highlighting features of the period and safeguarding the original architecture.

To develop the project we faced numerous constraints. Being under the heritage building protection, both in its exterior and its interior spaces as well as most of the public spaces, the lighting could not always be integrated, allowing for a more decorative solution.

This was resolved by carefully updating existing decorative fixtures and adding emphasis on technology in terms of efficiency in lamps and control systems.

Architect:
Idom Ingeniería y Sistemas, S.A.
Interior Design:
Hirsch Bedner Associates
Engineering:
Idom Ingeniería y Sistemas, S.A.
Property:
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwides
Photographer:
Eric Cuvillier
Completion:
2012