BARCELONA – The citizens of Barcelona are used to great – often abrupt – physical changes in their city. This is particularly true of the waterfront, Barcelona’s greatest asset. Perhaps the acceptance of constant change explains the air of relative calm at Port Vell, the site of yet another physical and functional shift. New owners converted the Port Vell marina into an exclusive dock for the world’s most expensive super yachts. A chic restaurant and cocktail bar near the sailing boats’ mooring spot was part of the programme.
Situated in a purpose-built pavilion at the water’s edge, OneOcean Club boasts an interior by El Equipo Creativo, the studio behind a handful of highly praised gastro-design projects, including Disfrutar and Ikibana. El Equipo Creativo has a knack for cleverly referencing both food and place.
At Port Vell, terraces on either side of the dining room afford views of the billion-dollar boats, while a mirrored ceiling and glass façade draw the watery environment inside. Rich in materials, the dining room purrs with polished-brass elegance and curvaceous deep-blue seating. Golden frame-like columns draped with plants complement spiky hanging lamps that resemble coral.
Both terraces, one of which accompanies the adjacent cocktail bar, are wrapped partially in bone-white brise-soleil screens. They are the work of Escofet 1886, a Catalan company that’s pushed the boundaries of concrete since the time of Gaudí. Light filtering through the large perforated panels drenches the space in a fuzzy, dappled glow that enhances the drink-and-dine atmosphere.