The restoration project of the Nhow hotel's terrace creates an original environment that extends the entertainment functions of one of the go-to venues for international design and fashion events in Milan.

For this project, Park Associati dealt with the themes of water, ‘zero volume’, multifunctionality and reflections and transparency, for the purpose of creating the 'vertigo effect' that was one of the brief’s specific requests.

Characterised by three pools of bold chromatic and perceptual impact, the terrace focuses on the visitor's experiential effect, at the same time keeping in line with Park Associati's design approach, which always entails interaction with the surrounding urban context – in this case the former General Electric industrial complex built in Via Tortona in the 1920s.

To embed the project in its surroundings, work was centred on the macro elements of the electric turbine production plant, on the volumes, on solids and voids and on the relationship between concave and convex, through a contemporary reinterpretation of the building and the district's industrial character.

Designed to overhang completely from the building's edge, the main pool comprises a single transparent vertical plate containing the water, which becomes a design element in its own right. The two smaller round pools act as expanses of water and, if needed, can be emptied and used for alternative functions and in different configurations, turning the solarium terrace into a space for events, aperitifs, fashion shows and more.

  • Info
    • Location
    • Client
      Finanziaria Internazionale Investments SGR
    • Status
    • Year
    • Area
      753 m²
    • Design team
      Founding Partners: Filippo Pagliani, Michele Rossi Project Director: Alessandro Rossi Project Leader: Alberto Ficele Architects: Corrado Collura, Irene Seracca Guerrieri, Marinella Ferrari, Enrico Sterle Visualizer: Stefano Venegoni, Antonio Cavallo, Mario Frusca

The photographic report by the Delfino Sisto Legnani studio (DSL Studio) offers a strongly artistic key to reading the project’s most significant characteristics – the reflections and transparencies of water and materials, the contrast between the bright and more sober colours of the surfaces' textures, the rounded shapes and the geometries marked by parallel lines.

The strengths of this representation of the project lie in the shots of the architectural details, which appear to emphasise their two-dimensionality. In these images the place becomes a 'non-place’ and the project is translated into strongly abstracted codes of great graphic impact.

“In the project, water reveals itself as an architectural material. As such, it is compared to the design's other elements, by focusing on its characteristics of reflection and refraction of incident light and by enhancing what sets it apart from the intervention's other materials – a lively, gentle, vibrant perennial movement”

“The project explores the contrasts between the proportions of the different elements, some of which are sized up to a giant scale, others reduced and reworked to a minute and microscopic size. While the former enhance the memory of the site's industrial architecture, the latter provide a strident contrast by increasing the intervention's playful reading.”

“Deliberately exasperated for the purpose of obtaining a contrasting effect, the project's colour palette is manipulated by the ever-changing natural light until, at dusk, it fades and artificial lighting takes over. Thanks to the reflections of water, steel and the glazed elements, colours and lights are constantly moving.”

Photo by: Melania Dalle Grave e Alessandro Saletta, DSL Studio, Nicola Colella - Park Associati
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