OneOcean Port Vell wins the Global Project award at the FX International Interior Design Awards 2015


OneOcean Port Vell in Barcelona has won in the category of ‘Global Project’ in the 17th edition of the FX Interior Design Awards, which are the prestigious awards granted by the British group that publishes journals Design Curial, FX and Blueprint Magazine. The event took place on Wednesday 25th November 2015 at Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

The judging panel of the FX Interior Design Awards, consisting of 20 independent members, praised the project as “A new interpretation of marina design with a dramatic nautical air that captures the ephemeral magic required for a singular experience”. It is the only Spanish project that was an award winner this year.

Following Salamanca Group’s $100m investment, the transformation of the superyacht marina OneOcean Port Vell at the heart of Barcelona’s old town reflects the creativity of the City and adds to its numerous attractions. The choice of SCOB, a team of architects and local landscapers, as well as their collaboration with the renowned Catalan company Escofet, underlines the marina’s focus on excellence in both construction and design.

OneOcean Port Vell is composed of two buildings built on the water and the landscaping of 16,000 m2 of docks. For the architects’ team of SCOB the general strategy of the project aims to achieve the landscape integration of the new buildings and the public space within the singular environment in which they are located, half way between the industrial port and the old town of Barcelona.

Chairman of Salamanca Group and OneOcean Ventures, Martin Bellamy said: “We are thrilled to be acknowledged for the hard work and creativity that has gone into creating OneOcean Port Vell. We were incredibly honoured to collaborate with SCOB and Escofet and their teams of expertise. This Global Project award win is a true indicator of design excellence across the world”.

Sergi Carulla, a Partner at SCOB Architecture and Landscapes added: “The project creates a system capable of finding an architectural solution not only for the buildings but also for all the landscape elements involved, establishing a close relationship between them. We applied a single unifying approach in order to achieve an image of order and continuity. The materials and colours were used to minimise the visual impact by gently integrating themselves within the environment and with the other “architectural elements” of the port: the yachts.”

The ODOS range of street furniture, designed also by SCOB and used in OneOcean Port Vell, won the award in the category of ‘Public, Leisure or Office Furniture’. This set of table, desk and stools is inspired by classrooms and dining rooms, and designed to work as an outside meeting point. In this case, the judges stated: ‘An appealing use of a new material to produce complex shapes, maximising fresh possibilities. It is practical and accessible with great design values and resistant to weather and sunlight.’

OneOcean Port Vell was also a finalist in the category of ‘Surfaces’. In this case, it has recognized the design of the lattice of white concrete designed especially for One Ocean Port Vell, by SCOB’s study. The piece, built by the Catalan company Escofet, surrounds the various buildings, creating a play on light and shadow that gives warmth and lightness to the construction. This material also provides protection against solar radiation, high winds and the saline environment.

Marcos López Antich, Managing Director at Escofet added: “We were delighted to collaborate with SCOB on achieving their vision for OneOcean Port Vell. It is our latest completed project adding to our accolade of high profile projects in Barcelona such as the Sagrada Familia, Barcelona World Trade Center and Palau Sant Jordi.”

Highly acclaimed throughout the industry, the FX International Interior Design Awards recognise the best of British and international design talent from across the globe. The awards have an international status with global submissions comprising 50 per cent of entries, this year including projects by Foster + Partners and Hassell.