Enrique Rovira-Beleta on Accessible Travel and Tourism: Part 2

Enrique Rovira

This article is the second of a three-part interview with Enrique Rovira-Beleta Cuyás, an architect and professor of architecture and accessible design at the School of Architecture of the International University of Catalonia in Barcelona, who lends his expertise for public and private commercial and residential building projects. For everyone, he is an advocate for accessible tourism…

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Home + Studio by Masquespacio


Ana Milena Hernández Palacios and Christophe Penasse of award-winning Valencia-based creative studio Masquespacio, describe their new 450 m2 live-work space as “A place where our studio and home are in a two-floor building that clearly shows our evolution as designers and the evolvement of our different styles, from New Memphis and Art Deco to a bit…

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Palau Fugit boutique hotel in Girona by El Equipo Creativo

El Equipo Creativo palau fugit

Barcelona-based El Equipo Creativo has completed the interior design of Palau Fugit. Located deep in Girona’s atmospheric Barri Vell (Old Quarter), the award-winning studio converted a disused 18th-century palace into a destination hotel as charming and seductive as Girona. By respecting the original architecture and decorative elements, the team’s goal was to provide guests with a warm…

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Clap Studio Designed Baovan restaurant in Valencia Inspired by the Bao


Valencia-based Clap Studio has designed Baovan, the first restaurant in Valencia specializing in bao, a steamed bun originating in China. The restaurant owners are three childhood friends, Xete, Tito, and Elena. They lived in and traveled around Asia, America, and Africa and fell in love with the flavour and possibilities of the bao when they were in Southeast…

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Spotted at Casa Decor 2024


Spain’s most important interior design event, Casa Decor, is an annual event in Madrid that showcases designs, crafts, and products from designers, artisans, and commercial brands. This year, for the 59th edition, it takes place from 11 April to 26 May in the upscale Salamanca neighborhood of Madrid in the Palacio de La Trinidad. There are 46…

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Beach life inspires Denys & von Arend for the refurbishment of Boutique Hotel Akquaaa on the Costa Daurada

Hotel Akquaaa

The interior design studio Denys & von Arend has completed a comprehensive refurbishment of the Boutique Hotel Akquaaa (formerly Hotel Kursaal), located on the Costa Daurada, right on the beachfront in Calafell (Tarragona). The project involved the renovation of its forty rooms and common areas. “The property owners wanted to renew the hotel by updating its image,…

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Catching up with Sol & Luna and Yukiko Kitahara

sol y luna

Five years ago, I started this blog to feature the excellence of Spanish design. I have featured dozens of artisans and makers of fine works of ceramics, leather, fiber, metal, textile, and basketry. I recently caught up with four of the studios that I have featured. In this first of two articles, I reach out…

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Workshops in Madrid on Ceramic Making

Guille-Garcia Hoz Workshops

In April, those in the Madrid area can learn the art of ceramic making from the team at Guille García-Hoz, a ceramic artist and interior designer. The workshops take place at his studio at 6 Nao Street. Please check his website to verify available spots. Clay and Wine (April 3, 10, 17, 24) Learners enjoy a…

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Dichoso Estudio designs Vibrant Mexican restaurant in Madrid


Xipe is a Mexican restaurant on the Paseo de la Castellana in Madrid designed by  Dichoso Estudio. The concept that inspired the design is the simple, neutral, organic, warm and natural architecture of the famous Mexican architect Luis Barragán and the figure of Xipe, the Mexican deity of agriculture, goldsmithing, and corn. As a result, wheat…

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Jungle-inspired decor for Maison Jaguar restaurant in Madrid

4RETAIL – Maison Jaguar Restaurant

Maison Jaguar is a Mexican restaurant located on Goya street in the upscale Salamanca neighborhood of Madrid. The spectacular design is lush and jungle-inspired. Madrid-based Mil Studios was the lead design studio and collaborated with Dichoso Studio. 4Retail was in charge of the construction of the 450 m2 space. The decoration is maximalist, exuberant, and ornate with a profusion of details…

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Enrique Rovira-Beleta: Advocate for Accessible Design in Spain and Abroad


Enrique Rovira-Beleta is an architect and university professor. He has been a wheelchair user for more than 40 years. He formed his architecture studio in 1994 after completing his architecture studies in 1993. In 2009, he founded Rovira-Beleta Accessibility Consulting. Throughout his career, he has established and improved accessibility laws, regulations, and policies for public…

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