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Barcelona Architourism

Designing a hotel for the [new] Barcelona tourist 

The concept of the hotel as an industry of service is transforming. More boutique-like hotels are emerging in reaction to a city’s culture and the user’s lifestyle. This project explores how architecture can facilitate the tourist experience in Barcelona. Data on Barcelona’s attractions were interpreted to define the tourist and their patterns. The most popular sites were analyized according to how expensive the attractions cost versus how much time the tourist spends at each attraction.

Based on our research, two distinct types of tourists emerged in the Barcelona market. They were defined as the contemplator and the consumer.

More time spent at an attraction indicated a slower pace. This became a characteristic of contemplation. The higher the entry fee and the less time spent at the attraction meant a greater the amount of consumer activity.

Each activity pointed to important sites that were split among the contemplator and consumer. The locations of each activity were recorded on the same map and a site was revealed at the start/end point of each tourist route.