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LaGare Hotel Milano Centrale - Milan

Vertigo in Milan

The secrets of LaGare Hotel: a breathtaking view from the Rooftop Bar and a long staircase that unfolds like a ribbon sculpture
Author
Laura Maggi
Architect
Studio interno LaGare Spa
Surfaces
TAGINA
Year of completion
2015

LaGare Hotel Milano Centrale is located in the ever-changing city of Milan, where each day sees the completion of new buildings that offer unexpected views and complement or contrast with the existing fabric, melding the bombast of the nineteenth century with the rationalism of the twentieth. It is just a short walk from the railway station, whose iconic structure combines a variety of styles including Liberty, Art Deco and the monumentality of fascist architecture, but is also close to Porta Nuova, a neighbourhood with a high concentration of designer buildings. The new Milan is best viewed from above, from vantage points that set new records for height. One such location is the hotel’s Rooftop Bar, a 13th floor grill & lounge bar offering breathtaking 360° views of the metropolitan face of the city, including the spectacular Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) towers which won the International Highrise Award in 2014. Purchased in 2012 by LaGare Spa, the building was converted into a hotel based on a project created by the company’s internal studio in accordance with the highest standards of quality and environmental sustainability. The presence of groundwater recovery systems and geothermal plants, the use of renewable energy and natural, local materials, waste recycling and windows with high thermal insulation are just a few of the factors that enabled the project to gain LEED Gold certification.
Not far from the famous Pirelli Tower designed by Gio Ponti, the hotel caters for business and non-business customers with extensive common areas, 141 rooms and a large and well-equipped wellness area.
LaGare Hotel Milano Centrale’s strong ties with the local area are also reflected in its culinary offerings, which range from a dynamic and organic energy breakfast based on natural products to traditional Milanese dishes available in a light version in the 4th floor LaGare Bistrot. The LaGare Café located in the lobby is the perfect place for a quick snack. All the interiors are furnished in a minimalist contemporary style and feature interesting designer items, high-quality surface covering materials and capitonné walls, with a preference for glass, wood and steel. One surface covering material that stands out in particular is that chosen for the splendid 4-metre-wide spiral staircase rising eight storeys from floor -1 to +6. Clad with Joe collection tiles from Tagina Ceramiche d’Arte featuring an original array of concave and convex shapes, it has been transformed into an architectural element with a unique sculptural presence.
The 250 square metres of the staircase create an extremely dynamic visual effect thanks to the lively surface and blur texture of the Joe collection tiles, chosen in the colour total Black.

Tiles
Tagina Ceramiche d'Arte, Joe
Type
double firing
Sizes
15 x 15 cm
Colours
Black
Technical characteristics
Water absorpion (ISO 10545-3): <0,2%
Chemical resistance (ISO 10545-13): GA-GLA-GHA
Stain resistance (ISO 10545-14): conforme
Certifications and awards
ISO 14001
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