The Hilton Molino Stucky in Venice is a building of recognized historical and aesthetic value, one of the most beautiful industrial archaeological sites in Italy. Once an efficient mill, it is today one of the most important international hotel in Venice.
The project curated by CaberlonCaroppi was born from the intention to strengthen these values by praising them in the design narrative, a narrative that starts from the landing of elevators up to the arrival in the rooms.
Along the corridors, the soft colors of the walls, the elegant lamps and the geometrically textured carpet blend perfectly with the cast iron pillars that characterize the architectural structure.
Special attention has been given to figurative elements such as artwork and wallpaper, which introduce the theme of gears and grain, which will then be among the elements that characterize the room.
The room has two souls: the introvert one that tells of the industrial building and the extrovert one that instead connects to the city of Venice and its wonders. As you enter the room, the attention paid to the chromatic palette is immediately evident. The different shades of grey, white and beige recall the whiteness of the flour, the brass evokes the industrial element, while the dark parquet, the glass and the fabrics with their golden and iridescent textures, recall the Venetian taste.
The large wooden bed is the master and its shape recalls the one of hull of a boat: lying on it you can imagine to cross the canals and observe the beautiful facades of the city.
The industrial building is told through decorative and graphic details studied ad hoc.
Old mill blades become the decorative element of the wall bed associated with the large hand-painted gears of the writing area. Observing the stitching of the head bed you can discover the icon of the ear that appears as a symbolic motif in other elements such as the carpet or, in a stylized key, in the new coating of the bathroom.
The furniture of the relaxation area, desk, chairs and lamp, have been specially designed maintaining a clean and elegant design line and covered with selected fabrics of the Venetian company Rubelli.
Others elements such as the fridge-bar cabinet and the wardrobe have been treated and embellished.
The task of being the most spectacular element was left to the wardrobe, the reconditioning of this furniture was carried out in a few steps: lacquering, new handles with an iconic shape and decorative film, at the end it has to be “surprising”.
Opening the doors, as in a Russian doll, you will find yourself in front of the entire Molino Stucky, in all its beauty.
An important aspect of the building is the light, the small windows and large spaces do not allow high lighting. One of the challenges of the project was to illuminate the interiors as much as possible not only by means of luminaires but also by carefully evaluating colors and material contrasts.
The white skirting board in contrast to the dark parquet, the light colors and the use of metal elements were not only theoretically inspired but were also important tricks to obtain a brighter environment.
A particular attention has been paid to all the lightening elements, designed or modified specifically for the setting of the Molino, so as to obtain a product that is not only functional but also in line with the entire mood.
Chiara Caberlon and Ermanno Caroppi founded CaberlonCaroppi Italian Touch Architects in 2004. Based in Milan, the firm is specialized not only in designing hotel and resorts for a number of prestigious international and private companies, but also in luxury houses, industrial design and corporate identity. Since 2004 CaberlonCaroppi Architecture firm designed more than 130 hotels all over the world. During the years, architects have took part to several cultural events and exhibitions and they have given several lessons for Doums Accademy, Politecnico University in Milan and Tsinghua University in Beijing.