Gail Taylor
04 Apr 2018

Dutch hotel group, The Student Hotel, which provides a unique co-living and co-working hybrid, has just opened its first two student-only Campus properties in the Marina and Poble Sec districts of Barcelona, Spain. The Student Hotel has collaborated with Valencia-based creative consultancy, Masquespacio, for the refurbishment and design of both properties.

The Marina Campus is housed in a four-towered 21,000 m sq building that incorporates 500 rooms. The property features communal spaces such as swimming pools, gaming zones, open and closed seating areas, as well as quiet study rooms to encourage connectivity and exchange, while providing enough space for learning and development. 

Taking into account both the international clientele and the strong identity of The Student Hotel, Masquespacio has developed its design by creating a mix that remains in keeping with the brand’s image, while adding a touch of Mediterranean identity through the use of local materials and a bold colour palette. 

The property was designed in an eclectic style that fuses materials, colors and textures. In there is a mix of ‘Memphis style’ with a little bit of Seventies vintage and an industrial aesthetic, among other influences. In each corner, decorative detail and visual elements aspire to harmonise with student lifestyles by being part of their typical daily activities. The vibrant environment also seeks to inspire students. 

Ana Hernández, creative director of Masquespacio points out: “It should be noted how the use of colour not only influences one’s mood; it can also be used to create a bold design statement in the environment.” 

The Student Hotel co-living, co-working business model provides a unique hybrid destination for a fast-growing international community. Current locations include: Rotterdam, Amsterdam (City and West), The Hague, Groningen, and Eindhoven. 

In 2017 the Melon District properties in Barcelona and Paris will be upgraded with new facilities and services further integrating them into The Student Hotel group. The Student Hotel Florence and Maastricht and will open in 2017, Bologna in 2018 and Madrid, Berlin, Rome and Delft in 2019. The group plans to have 41 properties in European cities by 2021.

Gail Taylor

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