Father and son, Claudio and Luca Beltrame, designed together a new concept of “bleisure” hotel (neologism for business and leisure). Their project – in collaboration with Gabriele Pascutti and Erika Kosuta – was selected as the winner of the Luxury Bleisure Hotel competition organised by L’Arca International architecture magazine.
The challenge was to design a full hotel complex – made up of a spa and fitness space, a bar and restaurant – that was both aesthetically appealing and functional. The Italian team envisaged a “5-star hotel model capable of asserting new forms of luxury, well-being, hospitality and comfort, in line with the “bleisure” trend in business tourism”, as stated in a press release.
In the design process, architects also had to include the use of assigned products fabricated by the competition’s sponsors such as Axor and Porcelanosa.
Therefore, every space has an element that incorporates KRION, a Solid Surface material produced by Spanish firm Porcelanosa. This ended up being “the leitmotiv of the project”, said Claudio Beltrame.
The material is used on several architectural and decorative items within the entrance and bar, as well as in the furniture designed for the bedrooms and bathrooms. But perhaps the most striking creation featuring this product is the building’s zigzagged facade.
“The chosen site [for the hotel complex] was a generic urban context. The focus has been strongly oriented towards design and materiality. Space by space the atmospheres are stimulating and different, connected together by strong elements.”, explained the architect.
In the bedrooms a bed canopy made of Krion contains built-in automated controls. Elegant silk drapes can be lowered from the cornice of the bed using a touch screen.
Both in the restaurant and bar, all the technicalities are hidden behind a wall and away from the customers’ eye in order to prioritise the design. The ceiling in the restaurant and in the pool area has the same curvy forms and dynamicity, despite the use of different materials.
The Spa space, swimming pool and fitness area are set out on two levels, sharing a green wall.