Hotel Marques De Riscal
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Gehry’s Hotel Marqués de Riscal

Architect Frank O. Gehry designed the Marqués de Riscal in Elciego, Spain, in the heart of the Rioja wine region. (Adrian Tyler / Starwood Hotels)
“It’s a marvelous creature, with hair flying everywhere,” Gehry has said of the Hotel Marqués de Riscal. (Adrian Tyler / Starwood Hotels)
The Marqués de Riscal took four years to complete, partly because Gehry’s Los Angeles-based architectural firm had to develop special methods for working with colored titanium and because the winery decided after the design process started to turn the building into a 43-room hotel. (Adrian Tyler / Starwood Hotels)
The phantasmagoric main building and the more traditional, box-like annex are strikingly different, the first pure Gehry amazement and fun, the second utilitarian and unsurprising. (Adrian Tyler / Starwood Hotels)
Right this way for the Marqués de Riscal restaurant. Francis Paniego, the first Riojan chef to win a Michelin star, was a consultant for the Gehry hotel restaurant. (Adrian Tyler / Starwood Hotels)
Gehry puts pen to page in conceptualizing the Marqués de Riscal in Elciego, Spain (Frank O. Gehry)
In the fun house: The the hotel’s main building and the box-like annex are connected by a bridge. (Adrian Tyler / Starwood Hotels)
The quasi-sculptural Gehry creation looks more like a preliminary, freehand sketch than a finished building. (Adrian Tyler / Starwood Hotels)
In the distance lies the sleepy stone village of Elciego, surrounded by soldierly vineyards of northern Spain’s Rioja wine country. (Angélica Heras / Starwood Hotels)
Contemporary Ligne Roset furniture can be found throughout the Gehry hotel. (Adrian Tyler / Starwood Hotels)
Try fine Riojan wines and dishes in Marqués de Riscal airy, third-floor 1860 Restaurant or in the hotel’s formal dining space. (Adrian Tyler / Starwood Hotels)
Gehry designed the leather headboards and the cloud lamps on the bedside tables, made of seamed white fabric balloons. (Adrian Tyler / Starwood Hotels)
Gehry also chose the green and black marble in the baths. (Adrian Tyler / Starwood Hotels)
Tan time: Sturdy lounging beds are reflected in the water of the hotel pool, where wooden touches and fiery tones warm the ambience. (Adrian Tyler / Starwood Hotels)
The spa is operated by Caudalie, which uses a patented grape-seed formula for its skin-care products and cosmetics. (Adrian Tyler / Starwood Hotels)
From Gehry’s sculptural fantasy to the Hotel Marqués de Riscal. (Frank O. Gehry)
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