By Scott Adams, Special to tabloid! on Saturday www.gulfnews.com
When the timeless allure of famed Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani’s understated elegance in haute couture is transferred to the interiors of a hotel, you can be assured that the results will be stunning.
His foray into accommodation design was at the Armani Hotel in Dubai. Now he returns to his homeland to open the Armani Hotel in Milan.
The designer saw great possibilities for a hotel in an existing 1930s palazzo designed by Enrico A. Griffini, situated in the buzzy Via Manzoni.
“The powerful exterior of the building, with its strong lines and stonework, was my starting point for the project,” explains the debonair 78-year-old. “I wanted to express my personal design aesthetic within a precisely defined ambience of luxury, calm and beauty.”
Major construction work on the building has seen the original six-storey edifice topped with a glass, two-floor addition. On the eighth floor you’ll find the luxury spa, which covers almost 1,200 square metres and features six dedicated treatment rooms, including the spectacular Couples Suite, a gym and swimming pool. More info