Piuarch, one of the best Milan architecture studios, has renovated Milan’s M89 Hotel, which faces the former Caproni factory (now home to fashion house Gucci). Located in the east Milan, the hotel’s aesthetic is defined by the area’s urban fabric and its place as a dynamic business hub. The building is designed in continuity with the preexisting volumes, enhancing the architectural identity of the neighborhood. With this new “face” M89 will become one of the best Milan hotels to visit.
Having acquired a profound knowledge of the area’s characteristics, urban fabric and architectonic identity, the firm has successfully designed a dark volume which seamlessly blends with the surroundings. Rectangular windows, arranged in chequerboard fashion, interrupt the hotel’s solidity which extends from an entirely glass first floor, wrapped by a thick metal mesh and gradually recedes upwards to host the terrace.
This space, with its full-length windows, is home to the restaurant, open to hotel guests as well as the general public, offering breathtaking views of Milan. The facility interior develops around an array of contrasts between anthracite grey, white and green. The past is celebrated with prints commemorating the Caproni plant, on anthracite grey walls.
The facility is devoid of excessive decorations, everything at the entrance is characterised by a clean design, from the reception desk to the lobby, where numerous sofas have been arranged on geometric pattern rugs, also home to a bar featuring a wooden counter.
The M89 Hotel contains 500 rooms and five suites, respectively 24 sqm and 42 sqm, with plaster white walls and anthracite grey ceilings. Suites are embellished with oak parquet flooring and elegant walnut wood boiserie. The hotel boasts the same minimalist character of its enclosure: its business vocation inspires a streamline design, revolving around refined colour contrasts between anthrax grey, white and green and a mix of contemporary furniture and iconic 1950s pieces.
At the entrance, a large fluid area hosts the reception desk, the lobby –with its comfortable sofas resting on the geometric patterns of the rugs–, and a bar: the white ceiling, spangled with cylindrical light fixtures, is in contrast with the hexagonal floor tiles, creating an evocative decorative effect; the anthrax grey walls, instead, are embellished with prints reproducing the architectural heritage of the former Caproni factory and which we find again in the restaurant area on the top floor.