Hotel NH Collection Milano CityLife, North Italian accommodation building, 1930s church architecture photos
Hotel NH Collection Milano CityLife
21 December 2022
Restoration Design: QuattroAssociati
Location: Via Colleoni, 14, CityLife area, Milan, Italy
Address: Via Bartolomeo Colleoni, 14, 20149 Milano MI, Italy
Phone: +39 02 3183 9001
Photos by Pianca&Partners
Hotel NH Collection Milano CityLife, Italy
Redesigning Holiness in Milan: a former 1930s church has been transformed into an artistic and architectural masterpiece to host the new Hotel NH Collection Citylife.
Following the conversion of a deconsecrated church, a new design-led hospitality venue, restored by architectural firm QuattroAssociati, blends old and new, with original features sitting alongside new installations.
Milan, Italy | Its architecture reaches into the past, reflects the present and travels within our memory. NH Collection Milano CityLife, a majestic building and a former place of holy worship, has been restored into one of the city’s most attractive hotels, in an exploration of history, urban redevelopment and innovation. A renovation of the old Chiesa Cristo Re church, dating back to 1934 and abandoned in 1990, the project was undertaken by Quattroassociati architects, who also designed all the bespoke furniture and fittings. It forges a deep connection between elements of the past and the demands of contemporary living.
“We set out to reinterpret hotel spaces by safeguarding the existing building’s spatiality, respecting its decorative layout and hallmark architectural elements, deploying a continuity- and permanence-led approach to the historical evolution of this piece of architecture”, says Michele Reginaldi, the Quattroassociati firm architect who led the project.
The new NH Hotel Group venue, its 12th hotel in Milan, is situated in Via Colleoni, 14, in the redeveloped and trendy CityLife area, the fairground district of Milan for decades. An imposing, iconic cathedral, built of brilliant white stone, with a 13-storey tower annexed to the former church building, has been transformed into a true artistic and architectural masterpiece.
In 2017, the Bishop of Milan issued an order for the church to be deconsecrated. It was then purchased by Igefi Group and CLH srl, who worked with the Quattroassociati design studio, and NH Hotel Group subsequently joining the project, to bring this stunning 4-star hotel to the community of Milan.
The church building with a three-aisle Latin cross floor plan has been partly preserved, retaining the original wooden doors, semi-circular arches and the rows of pillars of the side-aisles, and now forms the hotel entrance. All of the service areas, meeting rooms, the restaurant and rooms were added to the original design with the goal of creating a single design image.
The new architectural scheme draws on the original church design, divested of its traditional religious elements, and redesigned with classical and civil architectural style elements popular in Milan in the 18th and 19th centuries. Universal non-religious structural and spatial elements have been emphasised – columns, capitals and rib vaults with their sculptural and decorative features – and, above all, the space created by the vertical expansion of the building and presence of natural light have been fully emphasised to create a building with a new purpose in continuity with its history.
What guests will find striking are the heights and vertical development, accentuated by the lesene, a softly protruding vertical pillar built into the wall, with a decorative, non-load bearing function, which is the connecting element throughout the hotel structure. The vertical lines that feature in the compositional design of the 13-storey tower façade are repeated in the gilded organ at reception, and again in the details of the cocktail bar and restaurant, and also the cascade of light in the lobby and the slabs in the Venetian terrazzo floor.
Precise measures and composed elegance are the hallmark traits of the NH Collection Milano CityLife where the furnishings were designed by Quattroassociati to accurately reflect the distinctive single concept and sartorial spirit of Made in Italy excellence. The hotel has 185 rooms, including 10 duplex suites built above the central nave, and 175 rooms in the adjoining 13-storey tower, and offers comfortable, distinctively unique accommodation, to enjoy Milan in all its splendour as both a city of art and tourism and also a business centre, especially for business travellers.
NH Group thus incorporated 6 large meeting rooms, a spacious private garden for hosting all kinds of events, plus a garage and 24-hour open air gym. As a general contractor, Pianca&Partners, the contract hub of 27 premium Made in Italy brands set up to help designers turn ideas into reality via their ability to combine technical and style aspects, produced all custom-designed furniture in the hotel’s rooms and suites, Tailors restaurant, hotel bar, cocktail bar, communal areas, reception and 6 meeting rooms.
Guests and city-dwellers alike are welcome at Tailors restaurant, a venue that captures the ambience of the district, where chef Gabriele Grisolia, a native of Basilicata, serves dishes inspired by tradition. The pride of the hotel is the exclusive rooftop area with a pool and The District cocktail bar, the new place to be seen for the Milan social set.
Ambra Lee Agnoletti, Director of Business Development at NH Hotel Group Italia, said: “With numerous meeting areas, terraces, rooftops and dedicated events spaces, the NH Group and, in particular, the NH Collection brand are increasingly tailoring their varied offering to each guest’s needs, confidently looking forward to a full recovery for the events & hospitality sector, which has long been a major driver of the Italian economy.”
NH Collection Milano CityLife Building images / information received 211222 from architectural studio QuattroAssociati
Phone: +39 02 3183 9001
Location: Via Bartolomeo Colleoni, 14, 20149 Milan, northern Italy, southern Europe
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