Italy - Milan
Revival. This is the concept behind the renovation of the neoclassical building at Via Senato nr. 22 in the prestigious Brera district in Milan, once the residence of the Ranza family, now carefully converted into a boutique hotel by the architect Alessandro Bianchi.
The Ginkgo Biloba leaf which boldly decorates the facade of the building is repeatedly proposed also in the interior decor, a concrete symbol of renewal and renovated energy that permeates the hotel.
A contemporary language interacts harmoniously with the elements and materials that represent the Milan architecture of the first part of the twentieth century: elements in brass, velvet, wood and wrought iron.
The metal entrance doors that recall the design of Portaluppi and the marble floor pattern that refers to the Visconti snake symbol, all celebrate the city and its history.
The same atmosphere, suspended between tradition and innovation, is diffused also in the common areas, where the white minimalist furniture blends with the brass of the handmade lamps and the chromatic dualism of chairs typically found in Milan’s taverns.
The dual game of tones is repeated also in the 43 rooms of the hotel with an alternation of warm (oak of the parquet, brass of the lamps) and cold materials (white washed walls and Calacatta marble).
Architecture – Alessandro Bianchi
Photos – Robert Holden