There’s a great episode of the Simpsons
where Marge writes to architect Frank Gehry asking him to design a concert hall (like the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles) for Springfield. Amazingly enough, he does it. Then, once it’s built, he has to discourage the local teenagers from skateboarding on it. Sadly, for skateboarders everywhere, we doubt Mr Gehry will ever design a skate park, but then again we never thought his extraordinary metallic curves would ever grace a hotel. Yet it has happened – at the Hotel Marqués De Riscal
in Elciego, Spain.
This hotel, conceived as a ‘chateau for the 21st century’, opened in late 2006. It’s Gehry’s second Spanish design, the first being the ten-year-old Guggenheim in Bilbao. The hotel has 43 rooms, inspired by Gehry’s exterior and accessorized with creations by Gehry and other designers.
The hotel is located in the heart of Spain’s wine region, and offers views of the local vineyards from eight terraces. It also boasts a Caudalíe Vinothérapie® Spa with swimming pool, steam room, fitness centre, Jacuzzi and 14 treatment rooms with a wide variety of ‘wine therapy’ massages and treatments.