Located inside the world famous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II (the ‘Galleria’), TownHouse Galleria by Massimo Magaldi Architetto is renowned as the world’s first seven star hotel. Opened in 2007, this boutique hotel’s 27 modern guestrooms and suites offer a modern interpretation of Milan style.
A late 19th century masterpiece of public architecture and engineering, the Galleria was originally completed in 1877 and remains the largest enclosed arcade in Italy. Flooded with natural light, the four-storey arcade provides covered circulation between the iconic Duomo Cathedral and La Scala Theatre and meets in a central octagon with its dramatic ‘Grande Dome.’ Overlooking the Grande Dome, the TownHouse Galleria holds a special position within the Galleria with wide windows or balconies providing nearly all the guestrooms and suites direct internal views of the Galleria, its delicate historic frescoes and stunning mosaic floors.
For the design of the luxury guestrooms and suites, architect Massimo Magaldi explains that an understated selection of colours, materials along with fittings and furniture reduced to their essentials was an optimal way of expressing calm, well being and the spirituality of being in an historic place. To achieve this aim, Massimo Magaldi collaborated with Villeroy & Boch, whose modern collections and concept of the bathroom and wellness are in line with the architect's sober and elegant taste. Minimalist fittings, such as the Loop & Friend ceramic surface mounted washbasin, give emphasis to the clean lines of surrounding spaces. Meanwhile, mirrored surfaces, transparent walls and sliding doors amplify volumes and extend sight lines. A feature freestanding bathtub (Aveo New Generation) in the bathroom and wellness zone is visible from the main guestroom through a glass wall, providing an aesthetic of well being and luxury that is increasingly demanded within high end hotel environments. Blending chic and modern sophistication, the refined and minimalist design of the TownHouse Galleria calmly reflects the art of modernity and state of the art technology within an historic architectural masterpiece.