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The Very Modern ME Milan Il Duca Should Fit Right In When It Opens Next Year

June 26, 2014 at 4:46 PM | by | ()

A signature of ME by Melia Hotels is the rooftop bar, and this well-positioned one from the upcoming ME Milan this should not disappoint. Interestingly, this perspective appears to be taken from terraces of the hotel across the street, which quite frankly will have one of the best views of this new design feature.

2015 will see two new ME hotels--the extreme ME Dubai and the ME Milan II Duca, a previous modern classic that will be re-affirmed. ME’s first hotel in Italy will be moving into the former Il Duca di Milano hotel, a simple yet balanced contemporary design by the late Aldo Rossi, a Pritzker Prize winning architect and designer, referred to as “a poet who happens to be an architect.” You don't hear that comparison often.

This photo shows Aldo Rossi's timeless modern design. The new rooftop bar will span most of the building's length facing side street Via Marco Polo.

We’re not sure we would consider this mid-century building poetic but a complete renovation could sway us, which will be carried out by Milan-based Arassociati Architecture Studio. The design objective, as it should be, is to honor Rossi’s Italian modernist style throughout the hotel.

One rather noticeable new feature— and because it’s the only rendering we have—will be a glass-enclosed rooftop lounge bar. This will be one ginormous bar, at about 6,500 square feet and, given the 360 degree city views afforded, should be quite the hot spot at the end of the day—and well into the evening. We would note that modern glass additions have been placed atop early buildings before, as in the nearby Principe di Savoia hotel, located right across Via Marco Polo. The Principe, a member of the Dorcester Collection, at one time used the Duca di Milano hotel as an annex, accessed via pedestrian skybridge. The bridge was reportedly removed in 2013 and given the present controversy and political views of Dorcester’s owner Sultan of Brunei, that’s probably a good idea for any hotelier moving in across the street.

[Rendering by Arasocciati; photo by magazinelarchitetto.it]

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