Restyled by architect Alvaro Sans and the Vittorio Grassi Architects practice, the Meliá Milano Hotel on Via Masaccio was inspired by the modernist essentiality of Le Corbusier and the forward-looking vision of Gio Ponti’s interiors. The result is a completely renewed and timeless concept of space.
The design’s underlying green, eco-sustainable philosophy is evident in the giant Ficus in the central courtyard, the centerpiece of the work, and in the decision to use materials of natural origin such as Spanish Macael marble for the floors, and natural-finish walnut wood.
This is where Cosentino’s Silestone® fits in, its characteristics reflecting the green heart of the whole design. A hybrid surface, it is made from high-quality minerals and recycled, sustainable materials, created using HybriQ technology in a production process wholly powered by renewable energy and recycled water. The Eternal collection’s Et Marquina hue optimally integrates into the hotel’s spaces. Inspired by luxurious Spanish Black Marquina marble, Silestone®’s finish is characterized by a black background with white veining that, with its polished finish, matches the natural stone and other materials in the common areas, furniture and bathrooms.
Perhaps the most iconic example of this is the hotel’s Elyxir bar, where the counter and communal table benefit from a matte finish. Overall, more than 100 sq. m of Silestone® was used, ensuring high standards of strength, innovation and maintenance.
“It has been more than 20 years since the hotel was first designed”, recalls architect Sans. “Because it started out as an industrial building, it was a challenge to rearrange the layout of its large spaces, to make them functional without stripping out their original connotations”.
Via Trentino Alto Adige, 69 - I
30033 Cazzago di Pianiga (VE)
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