International Design & Architecture Awards 2015
The Hotel Mulino Grande is the result of the transformation of a Sixteenth Century water Mill within the Agricultural South Park of Milan. The project involves both contemporary design and attention to detail, preserving the charm of history and the vitality of nature. The hotel hosts 21 rooms and suites, meeting rooms, Spa and Il Magiono Restaurant. It is made up of two main blocks, both organized on two levels, which communicate across a central garden open to the surrounding rural landscape. The water mill building built on a bridge over the Soncina Canal hosts a reception room, a lounge, a bar and a restaurant on the ground floor and four suites on the first floor.
The presence of the water flow, determining for the productivity of the Mill in the past, today gives a particular aesthetic attraction. The metallic paddles of the mill inspired Antonella Tesei to choose Cor-ten steel as a privileged material to design many architectural interior elements, fencing and railing which interpret the movement of water and sheaves of grain.
The original volumes of the rooms have been preserved as well as materials terracotta, the stone of the floors and wooden beams. The glass bridge, over the water canal, overlooking the iron paddle reaches the lounge area with the stone and wood old three grinders completely restored. The lighting design project creates visual comfort and highlights the beauty of the structures, the colors, inspired by the Renaissance paintings, and the contemporary furnishing elements.