The centre of the world for many classical civilisations, its rugged coastlines and azure waters have informed its unique cultural identity, inspiring all who visit from poets and authors to painters and sculptors.
It has also had a major impact on local approaches to architecture, with many buildings possessing a distinctive design, particularly on Spain’s north east coast. This is the essence Llimona set out to capture by specifying Neolith® in a recent project.
When Llimona was commissioned by Hotel Llevant, located in Llafranc on the Costa Brava, Spain, to redesign and redecorate the whole building’s interiors, he saw the perfect opportunity to incorporate the intrinsic link between the local area and the sea into his design concept.
Hotel Llevant is a Costa Bravan institution, founded in 1935 by Maria Gratacós Lluensí, the current owner’s great grandmother.
A luxurious, three-storey hotel with a renowned restaurant, one of the establishment’s more unusual features is that every room has its own balcony plunge pool. As such, it was an ambitious project from the start
Pau Llimona is no stranger to the creation of otherworldly concepts.
In 2016 he worked with Pritzker Prize winners RCR Arquitectes on the multi award winning interiors of Albert Adriá’s celebrated Enigma restaurant.
Working closely with Neolith on the Enigma project gave me a deep insight into the properties of the material and the huge scope of what can be achieved using the surface. From a designer’s perspective, the advantages are threefold: you can achieve decorative effects not possible on many naturally occurring stones, it’s super resistant and it’s very easy to cut to size and install.Pau Llimona Architect
Furthermore, it’s 100% natural, which particularly appealed to me when I was looking to specify materials for Hotel Llevant where I wanted to evoke the aura of a naturally occurring event.”Pau Llimona Architect
A major component of the overall aesthetic would be textured flooring, specified throughout the hotel. Principally, the architect wanted a surface which would recreate the roughness and shine of the seabed, ever so slightly pearlescent.
This desire led to Neolith developing a unique, custom-made colour which became a major design component in the project. In order to achieve the desired surface texture, a Riverwashed finish was used.
Using a skilled local fabricator, Marbres Ferran Reja, the slabs were cut into various sized rectangular tiles and laid to create an interesting uniform.
We chose Neolith because, aside from their already extensive collection of patterns and colours, they are one of the very few brands to offer bespoke designed surfaces. Standard manufacturing procedures and processes usually are what they are and it’s impossible to deviate. Not so with Neolith. For me this is the best aspect of working with them, they go above and beyond to ensure creative freedom for the architect.Pau Llimona Architect