This famous 5-star hotel in the capital, popular with visiting politicians, financiers, athletes and celebrities from the performing arts world since it first opened its doors, was built at number 22 on Paseo de la Castellana on the plot where the Anglada Palace once stood. Inaugurated in 1972, its modern functional architecture offered an alternative to establishments like the Palace and Ritz, and it soon became a Madrid icon of contemporary luxury accommodation.
Following its acquisition by the Rosewood Hotels and Resorts Group, in 2020 it closed for extensive refurbishment both outside (facade, entrances and gardens) and inside (rooms, communal areas, bars and restaurants). The project involved a variety of national and international studios and professionals, all of whom opted to preserve the spirit of the original Villa Magna.
Empty was commissioned to remodel the ground floor, the staircase leading to basement -1 and the hallway on that level, which entailed structural works, technical installations, partition walls, joinery, finishes, furniture and landscaping. These spaces include the renovated reception area that leads to the hotel’s various bars and restaurants offering a range of culinary experiences, such as Las Brasas de Castellana and Amós (this latter restaurant has a landscaped terrace), the cafe Flor y Nata, and the bar Tarde O which also has an interior terrace planted with trees.
Working closely with the designers and following a rigorous selection process involving samples and prototypes, Empty installed the materials that define the finishes and the made-to-measure furniture—including different types of natural stone, wood, treated glass and brass—on the ground floor of this renovated version of the Villa Magna’s distinctive modernity.