- Product used: URSA AIR
- Building type: Hotels
- Architect: Jean Nouvel and Ribas&Ribas
Designed by the prestigious architect Jean Nouvel, together with the architecture practice Ribas&Ribas, the Catalonia Fira Hotel is a novel and innovative building, using the URSA AIR range materials.
The hotel’s HVAC system has been designed as a network of air distribution ducts. More than 9,000 square metres of air conditioning ducts were built with URSA AIR Alu- Alu mineral wool panels. This product was chosen owing to its outstanding certified technical qualities and high environmental ratings.
The advantages of HVAC system ducts built with URSA AIR mineral wool panels, as opposed to traditional metal ducts, are endless. Mineral wool panels provide the thermal insulation requirements stated by the Spanish RITE (Regulations on Building Heating Installations) standards. Furthermore, the acoustic absorption properties of URSA AIR products reduce normal sounds produced by ventilation and air conditioning units, avoiding the spread of unwanted noises throughout the duct network.
The Environmental Quality Certificate, awarded by the Generalitat de Catalunya to the URSA Ibérica factory confirms that URSA AIR mineral wool is a sustainable, environmentally friendly material, owing to its 35% recycled material content.
The Catalonia Fira Hotel is located in the Plaza Europa, in the area of Hospitalet de Llobregat, a few metres away from the Fira Barcelona Gran Vía. The building is set within an impressive vertical garden, formed by two 110 metre high towers, joined by an extraordinary panoramic restaurant. Black and white play an important dual chromatic role, both in the building’s façades and in the 357 rooms. The hotel also has a panoramic terrace, outdoor swimming pool, solarium, two bars, a fitness area with a heated indoor pool, 11 meeting rooms and 140 parking spaces.
Location: Barcelona (Spain)
The hotel’s HVAC system has been designed by Jean Nouvel as a network of more than 9,000 square metres of air conditioning ducts built with URSA AIR Alu-Alu mineral wool panels.