Recently, we've seen hotels in Milan creatively integrate the old and the new, as in the Armani Hotel Milano, where Mr. Armani cleverly placed a glass “hat” on its rooftop. The addition to the Excelsior Gallia project will be much more dramatic with the old and the new standing side by side, literally joined at the hip.
The design of the building and its interiors has been awarded to Studio Marco Piva. The firm will also oversee the restoration of the French Belle Epoque inspired building. (FYI, the Excelsior is also owned by Katara Hospitality, who helped the Royal Savoy in Lausanne get its own new look too.)
Architect Marco Piva has only issued computer-generated images of the exterior but here is what we know so far. The new building will be a gleaming glass box of clear and screen-printed patterned glass that will selectively play games with the sunlight. The new building will be oriented around a glass-enclosed courtyard that will adjoin a conference center. The upper floors will have a spa and fitness center, and a new rooftop terrace will offer plenty of views of Milan’s architectural renaissance.
We have little advanced information on the interior design, although we hear there may be some elements of Art Deco. So we too, will have to wait until the hotel reopens to see if in fact, opposites attract. Ideally, guests.
The hotel is closed during renovation and will reopen later this year.
[Photo: Studio Marco Piva]