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casaBase is a hotel located at the Ventura design district which gives a whole new meaning to the concept of hospitality, making guests feel at home, while at the same time making their clients feel immersed within a pioneering cultural project for creative explorers. Let’s have a little look at this concept, shall we?
casaBASE essentially consists of a residence that blends different forms of accommodation (like, for example, shared rooms with bunk beds, as well as double rooms complete with en-suite facilities). This establishment is also known for serving as accommodation for more than one talent from a whole host of backgrounds. As a matter of fact, casaBASE has been used for many different purposes, from film sets, to photo shoots, performances and even concerts.
However, the interiors are other highlights that make this hotel stand out in Tortona. They were designed by Stella Orsini of h+, and she took a lot of inspiration from the look of a film set, with designs from Mezzo Atelier and a couple of vintage pieces and prototypes produced by Leftover in the BASE carpentry workshop. The best way to define the resulting style is by looking at it as a mix of colours, materials, styles and periods.
What we got is a series of rooms with amazing styles and varied colourful divisions. casaBASE, still strongly defines itself as a residency seeking to provide one artist with a space to pursue their work regardless of their background or work area. This project was an amazing form of giving a new life to an old abandoned industrial complex.
Before this space became a hotel, it used to be known as the headquarters of Ansaldo, an Italian transportation company. They worked in the production of engines, train carriages, and tramways until the production systems changed leading to them abandoning the business as well as the whole building. It was thanks to an urban regeneration project headed by the Milan City Council that we got to know and see casaBASE as it is today.