"I wanted to create “a Place“ linked to Milan's history of excellence. A “special” place integrating and enhancing its architectural, design, customs and fashion values.
My project wanted to give Milan and travellers from all over the world an example of style and elegance, excellence in its welcome and elegant hospitality." Marco Piva
MAY 2015: The Excelsior Hotel Gallia building, spread over an entire lot, is once again the protagonist and an integral part of the magnificent Piazza Duca D’Aosta, dominated by the Central Station, one of the world's most imposing and spectacular railway stations.
The new Excelsior Hotel Gallia is one of the most cutting-edge “accommodation machines” in the world; designed to offer guests the most efficient multimedia technologies, the most dynamic, spectacular light installations and the most versatile spaces for fairs, meetings, congresses and exhibitions.
DESIGNERS AND PARTNERS:
Architecture, Landscape, Lighting, Interior Design, Styling:: Studio Marco Piva:
Project manager: Lend Lease
Cost controller: G&T con il local partner SPI
Engineer Project: Arup Italia
New Facade Design: Somec Marine & Architectural Envelopes s.r.l.
Historic Facade: Giuliani serramenti
Restoration work: Ratti
Sanitary, Heating and ventilation System: Aertermica
Electrical System: Elettromeccanica Galli
Images Credit: Andrea Martiradonna
More than 200 suppliers involved, 90% of them Italian.
Interior Design Common Spaces: Main contractor B&B Italia
Interior Design Rooms and Suites: Main Contractor Cassina Contract Division
CUSTOMER: Katara Hospitality
PROJECT: 5 Star Luxury Hotel, 235 rooms, of which 188 standard, plus 45 suites
1 Presidential Suite, 1 Royal Suite
LOCATION: MILAN, Piazza Duca d’Aosta, facinf the Central Station
OPERATOR: Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Luxury Collection
PROJECT GRANTED TO Studio Marco Piva: Architecture, Landscaping, Lighting, Interior Design
SITE AREA: 4,273 square metres
BUILT AREA: 30,840 gross square metres
PROJECT PHASE: Completed
CASSINA CONTRACT - DIVISION OF POLTRONA FRAU GROUP, FOR THE NEW AND PRESTIGIOUS EXCELSIOR HOTEL GALLIA, A LUXURY COLLECTION HOTEL, MILAN
Owned by Katara Hospitality, the Excelsior Gallia Hotel is an iconic point of reference in Milan and, thanks to the meticulous multi-million restoration of the historic palace which includes a new modern wing, exudes splendour and prestige. First opened as “Palazzo Gallia”, the hotel has strong links with the city’s history and from its privileged position in the up-and-coming PortaNuova area, the new centre of Milanese life, is looking towards Milan’s future.
The work of the Milanese Studio Marco Piva, the broad architectural restructuring and interior design reconciles contemporary aesthetics with the hotel’s original “Belle Époque” style. The hotel is composed of two buildings: the completely renovated historic palace and a new modern wing with a steel and glass façade.
In the year in which Milan hosts Expo 2015, opening the city to the world, the Cassina Contract - Division of Poltrona Frau Group Contract (PFG Contract), has participated in this important and prestigious project which has revealed its true visual power to its guests and the city.
“The Excelsior Gallia Hotel is a monumental work for the city of Milan, – said Kurt Wallner, Managing Director of Poltrona Frau Group Contract – a building capable of balancing the history of the location with the cosmopolitan modernity for which the city has always stood. This project is a symbol of the uniqueness of Cassina Contract and of its commitment to the idea of tailored design combined with the culture of Brand Italy that makes Italian style famous worldwide”.
CASSINA CONTRACT FOR EXCELSIOR GALLIA HOTEL
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Fit-Out(FF&E)for 234 rooms, which include 181 standard rooms, 51 suites and theGallia Suite (that is composed by two rooms)
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Supply of furniture for the suites, in particular: tables, coffee tables, sofas, armchairs. Supply of stools for the Restaurant and Bar
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Supply of sofas, chairs and furniture for the suites and the standard rooms. Supply ofchairs for the Cigar Room and the Desk, armchairs and sofas for the Royal Suite, pouf for the SPA
Cassina Contract has worked with the Studio Marco Piva in refurbishing the Excelsior Gallia Hotel - a very extensive and prestigious project, designing and executing furnishing solutions which emphasise and underline the aesthetic potential of the “new" Excelsior Hotel Gallia, a true part of Milan’s architectural heritage. A vast size and great prestigious intervention: in particular Cassina Contract supplied the complete Fit-Out, all fixed furnishings and interior décor elements for 234 rooms of the hotel, which include 181 standard rooms, 51 suites (which are divided into 5 different types), one Gallia Suite –allocated on six floors.
Cassina Contract was responsible for the made to measure bedhead, the bedside table units with a wooden structure and leather front, the television table, wardrobes, wood panelling, mirrors and other fixed decorative elements in each room.
A whole range of different materials and production processes were used in this project, in accordance with the extremely ambitious and diversified design programme. The rooms featured different types of wood essences and décor elements ranging from rosewood to Canaletto walnut veneer to tay and a variety of different coloured lacquers specifically selected for the project. Cassina Contract manufactured and installed decorative elements of various kinds, from finishings and door intrados to coat racks, wood panelling and skirting boards. All metal elements were bronze, silver or gold plated.
An important aspect of the job was coordinating the civil works required for room decoration, for the perfect integration between the architecture and the decorative elements in the rooms. Indeed, a few of the decorative aspects combine elegant design with strong technological features. Inset sockets, LED lighting and supports for video, audio and computer systems are just a few of the features that are included in the furnishing elements.
The suites have been designed according to varying themes, offering guests different environments to suit every requirement.
The engineering and production of a furnishing element for the Art Suite is just one example of the Division’s ability to come up with innovative solutions to satisfy the designer’s requirements. The Art Suites are 6 rooms in total, characterised by wide floor-to-ceiling sliding panels displaying iconic photos of the historic front, adding flexibility to the room and allowing guests to appreciate details which otherwise cannot be viewed from the square. A symbol of how history is entering and fusing with modernity, the suites are entirely glass-fronted, thus awarding a panoramic view over the extensive square, taking in the central station and the historic Pirellone skyscraper.
This type of suite includes a wall structure that separates the living area from the sleeping quarters. The intention of the Studio Marco Piva was to create a unit that would include the practical requirements without sacrificing the aesthetics. With this in mind Cassina Contract selected a laser printed melamine facing, among many other samples, the texture of which was very similar to fabric. This sheet was applied to panelling and printed with a design reproducing architectural elements of the Hotel Gallia’s Art Deco façade.
The panels, 3 metres high and 2 metres wide, can slide sideways and, thanks to their artistic print, become a genuine work of art that adds prestige to the entire room. The selected material is also very long lasting and easy to clean and maintain. Cassina Contract was happy to meet this challenge and its masterly solution fulfilled all the expectations of the architectural studio.
Others types of suites are:
Design suite: 8 themed suites dedicated to the city of Milan, the fashion and design capital, retell the best moments of the country's craftsmanship and industrial tradition. 5 of the 8 suites, one for each floor, are dedicated to a “gentleman” of Italian design, namely: VicoMagistretti (1st floor), AchilleCastiglioni (2nd floor), GioPonti (3rd floor), Luigi CacciaDominioni (4th floor) and Franco Albini (6th floor). Each one has been specially designed and furnished with iconic furnishings designed by these interior design masters, in such a way that guests can understand the importance of Italian design and its attention to aesthetic and functional details.
Signature Suite: There are 10 Signature Suites in total. Inspired by art galleries, their use of materials, colours, artwork and lighting is theatrical. The suites face the interior courtyard and are designed in a rectangular layout with very important corridors.
Atelier Suite: 17 suites located in the historic building, designed as creative studios and whose leitmotiv is the attention to the materials, the colours, the textures and the details. Of these 17, the furniture and interior atmospheres in the 6 suites located in the aptly named “Poets' Corner” allude to well-known writers and poets who visited Milan: Marie-Henri Beyle, Stendhal (1st floor), George Gordon Byron (6th floor), Ernest Hemingway (5th floor), Eugenio Montale (4th floor), Alessandro Manzoni (3rd floor) and Salvatore Quasimodo (2nd floor).
Executive Suite: The layout of these particular suites, numbering 10 in total, is reminiscent of the metropolitan characteristic atmospheres of industrial buildings in an elegant and conscious allusion to Milanese lofts. Most of these rooms are located in the modern area and face inwards, overlooking the historic part, whilst the others face Via Galvani with a view of the prestigious Pirelli skyscraper.
The fifth floor is home to the Gallia Suite which, thanks to an unparalleled view over the city, constitutes a highly privileged place within the hotel. Enjoying a central location in the historic building with its own balcony overlooking Piazza Duca d’Aosta, it is a truly unique suite. It comprises 160 m² subdivided by a main entrance and embellished with marble statues and internationally-acclaimed contemporary luxury design objects. The four-poster bed was designed exclusively for this suite and features prized Venetian Rubelli fabrics.
Furthermore Cassina Contract coordinated all the marble fittings in the bathrooms, including the supply of the dressing tables, the shower stalls and the wall mirrors. Lastly it supplied and installed all the hotel’s 786 doors and decorated the corridors on all floors.
This complex experience has made Cassina Contract even stronger and has further proven its readiness and ability to work with top international designers in the production of collective spaces of the highest quality and prestige. Not only has the project been a successful challenge, it has also been an opportunity to demonstrate and increase Cassina Contract’s credibility in the international design and architecture community, whose interpretation and understanding of the project from day one has breathed life into a luxury hotel which lies at the Milan's international rebirth.
ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN
Designed by Studio Marco Piva, the rooms and interior spaces of the Excelsior Gallia Hotel are characterized by a magnificent yet at the same time fluid atmosphere. Each area – private rooms as public spaces, are characterized by a clean and linear mood, designed with very specific features. The tactile aspect of the materials, the response of the light on surfaces, the attention to any details stand out in any single space.
From the previous layout, the central staircase has been retained, restored and embellished with a spectacular thirty metre-high Murano glass chandelier. The interiors are reminiscent of the timeless elegance and style of the Art Deco period, whilst the lighting dominates the spaces throughout the building, creating an interplay of natural and artificial light which brings the historic palace and the huge glass front to life.The final aim was to recreate a multitasking suggestion from a sensory perspective, for a synaesthetic project that includes and perfectly mixes culture, history, fashion and design.
The brand Cassinais also been chosen to furnish the public areas of Bar and the Restaurant with the coffee tableCicogninodesigned byFranco Albini, that can be used to hang bags, and to furnish the suites with other products of its catalogue like the iconic sofa Maralunga by VicoMagistretti, the dining tablesLebeauby Patrick Jouin and Naan by Piero Lissoni, the armchair Pilottaby Rodolfo Dordoni, andthe chairLuisa by Franco Albini.
Poltrona Frau has provided various types of products for the prestigious Royal Suite (sofa and armchair from the collection Bretagne, the armchair Archibaldby Jean-Marie Massaud, andcustom poufs and desk-chairs), the suites (including the sofas Cassiopeia and Talus 2, sofas and armchairs from the Chester collection, in production since 1912, DezzabyGioPonti, and San Luca by Achille and PiergiacomoCastiglioni, the poufsAster X andEsedra, the coffee table BOB and the chairs Fitzgerald and Vittoria Big), the exclusive SPA (pouf Parco), the Restaurant onthe Seventh Floor (chairs Ginger by Roberto Lazzeroni), the Cigar Room (the historical armchair Poltrona1919, and the chairsFumoir), the bathrooms in the public areas (pouf Parco), and custom seating for the Reception Hall.
“I wanted to recreate a Place linked to the history of excellence of Milan, a special space that integrates and enhances the values related to architecture, design, costume and fashion. My project wanted to give back to the city of Milan - as well to any traveller from all over the world, an example of style and elegance. A warm, excellent and refined hospitality.” - Architect Marco Piva
Exciting, fluid, functional. This is the language that distinguishes Marco Piva’s architectural creations, product design and interior design. The effort in material research and technology, the value of differentiation, the design innovation, lead the establishment Studio Marco Piva – opened in the 80’s, whose work ranges from large projects to architectural interior design, to industrial design. A traveller and a designer, an innovator who is educated in rational approaches, Marco Piva studies and creates design solutions which are pervaded by stylistic freedom and compositional sobriety.In Japan, in Osaka, the Studio has participated in the design and construction of the innovative complex Next 21, has also made the Laguna Palace in Mestre, the Port Palace in Monte Carlo, the Hotel Mirage in Kazan, the Una Hotel in Boulogne , the T Hotel in Cagliari, The Move Hotel in Mogliano Veneto and the multifunctional complex Le Terrazze in Treviso. For the Exedra Boscolo Group had creates the Suites of Exedra in Rome, the B4 Net Padova Tower and the Tower Hotel in Bologna. In Dubai, on Palm Jumeirah, has designed the Tiara Hotel Oceania Hotel. Always in Dubai he has designed the innovative complex Porto Dubai. In Russia is designing the new complex of the river port of Novosibirsk. Currently, he is engaged in the construction of the residential complex of Changzhou (China), on the renovation of a monumental building in Saint Petersburg and in prestigious private houses. In Italy, the prestigious fashion maisonBulgari is going ahead, with the design of all its store windows worldwide.
The Excelsior Hotel Gallia reflects the glittering essence of sophisticated Milan. Opening its doors in 1932 as Palazzo Gallia, it was once a touchstone of hospitality and one of the most prestigious hotels in the city of Milan.
Inaugurated on 29 February, 1932 and reopened in 2015, the luxurious hotel, known as Palazzo Gallia, has been completely renovated by architect Marco Piva, with the intention of “creating a place of excellence linked to the history of the city of Milan, a special place that integrates and enhances the values of architecture, design, costume and fashion.”
Marco Piva’s ambitious renovation project breathes new life into this historic building, once an architectural jewel of the Belle Epoque, by perfectly blending its original features with contemporary aesthetics. The historic Art Deco façade has been restored and is now joined by a new hyper-modern steel and glass wing.
THE BEST SUITE IN THE WORLD
Among its 235 rooms, the hotel boasts 53 suites, including the prestigious Katara, the epitome of luxury and elegance. Measuring 1,000 square metres, and offering two terraces, four bedrooms and a private spa, the Katara has been awarded top prizes in Italy and worldwide, such as ‘World's Leading Hotel Suite’ at the World Travel Awards 2015.
Linea Light Group products were chosen to illuminate part of this majestic room, as well as the restaurant on the seventh floor, bringing the quality of Made in Italy style to this Milanese Hotel.
Pound_1 projectors with ArrayLED source with high colour rendering were specially customized to allow ceiling cove lighting for the restaurant, to allow for accurate colour reproduction and absence of light changes.
The Shiseido Spa, a large spa area between the sixth and seventh floors, is characterized by extraordinary light beams and modern equipment, in perfect harmony with the high quality Shiseido experience, which offers moments of total relaxation in the heart of Milan. As regards the lighting, Ture family spotlights create an impressive “starry sky” effect.