2024 opens with the hotel’s restructuring bringing exciting changes: a fresh look for the rooms, a new indoor terrace, and a new food & beverage offering. After 8 years since the last renovation, Hilton Milan is reinventing itself, undergoing a transformation starting from January. The architectural and interior design studio THDP, led by architects Nicholas J Hickson and Manuela Mannino, draws inspiration from the green soul of the nearby Isola district and its future projects, such as Palazzo Sistema, inspired by the principles of biophilic architecture – a philosophy emphasizing harmony between humans and nature.
The concept of biophilia and a love for nature will be the foundation of the Milanese hotel’s renovation: both the rooms and front-of-house spaces at the new Hilton Milan will reflect the green elements of Milan, both inside and outside the hotel. Interiors will be crafted using materials, furnishings, and finishes inspired by the colors of nature, with special attention to natural lighting. The use of plants and natural elements as decorative elements will add an elegant and fresh touch to the environment, promoting the well-being of guests.
The renovation will proceed in stages, commencing at the beginning of the new year with the refurbishment of the 155 rooms in the west wing, ready for the September Fashion Week, along with the terrace. The latter will undergo a significant redesign, transforming it into a versatile and modifiable indoor space, perfect for year-round events starting from April. The new rooms will feature a classic style expertly blended with contemporary Italian design, incorporating details in marble, wood panels, and soft lighting for an intimate atmosphere and a sense of absolute comfort.
“It is an honor for us to return to the Hilton Milan project on Via Galvani, after receiving the London Design Award for Best Lobby in 2017. Milan is a place close to our hearts. The entire renovation is inspired by our love for Italian design, considered special for its emphasis on elegance, innovation, and craftsmanship,” explains Nicholas J Hickson, co-founder of THDP and head of the project. “Uniting traditional craftsmanship with modern functionality, creating spaces that are not only aesthetically appealing but also practical, has always been our goal. We pay great attention to high-quality materials and details, producing timeless spaces and pieces that stand out for sophistication and style. Furthermore, Italy’s rich cultural heritage and its historical influence on art and architecture contribute to the unique design aesthetic that guests will find in the hotel.”
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Project title Hilton Milan redesign
Project type Hospitality| Hotel redesign
Location Milan, Italy
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Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 19 world-class brands, encompassing over 7,100 properties and more than 1.1 million rooms in 123 countries and territories. Committed to realizing its foundational vision of filling the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality, Hilton has welcomed over 3 billion guests in its over 100-year history. It has secured the top spot on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list and has been recognized as a global leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for six consecutive years. Hilton has introduced several industry-leading technological enhancements to enhance guest experience, including Digital Key Share, automatic room upgrades, and the ability to book confirmed connecting rooms. Through the award-winning Hilton Honors guest loyalty program, the over 150 million members booking directly with Hilton can earn points for hotel stays and experiences money can’t buy. With the free Hilton Honors app, guests can book their stay, select their room, check-in, unlock the door with a Digital Key, and check out, all from their smartphone. Find more information here
Founded in 2004 by the duo Nicholas J Hickson and Manuela Mannino, THDP is an architecture and interior design studio based in Italy and London, currently engaged internationally in designing and realizing prestigious hotel and residential projects. The studio aims to provide clients with the quality and style of Italian design and production, combined with the excellence of the English working method. THDP is a multidisciplinary studio, offering design, consulting, development, and project execution services in both architectural and interior projects, providing tailored solutions for clients seeking a contemporary approach. THDP has a flexible vision, capable of adapting to the continuous changes in the market and the diverse needs of clients. Their design approach eliminates boundaries between architecture, design, and art, offering clients a wide range of diversified services related to the hospitality environment, offices, real estate investments, and private clientele. The key objective is to encourage “creative partnerships” with various professional figures and the client themselves, actively involving them in the creative process to provide articulated solutions that develop and materialize the client’s initial idea into reality.