Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola graces Lake Como’s newest hotel with her unique touch

by | Dec 2, 2016 | Design

Claiming on its website to have been awarded the title of “Most Anticipated New Luxury Hotel Opening in 2016” by Luxury Travel Advisor magazine, Hotel Il Sereno doesn’t disappoint. Situated on the idyllic shores of Italy’s famous Lake Como, renowned for being the holiday residence of celebrities such as George Clooney, this luxurious new development is the first hotel to be built on the lake for decades. The uniqueness of the hotel’s enviable location is mirrored by its impeccable and elegant design at the hands of famed Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola, who in 2015 was crowned Wallpaper Magazine’s Designer of the Year.

The hotel boasts 30 rooms, each spacious, bright, airy and with captivating views out over the lake. In fact Urquiola has taken advantage of the pristine setting of the hotel at every opportunity, meaning that the hotel relates to its context almost inherently. The construction is modern, sitting on a stone base with exposed concrete floor plates infilled with timber shutters and floor to ceiling wrap-around glazing, a conscious decision by the architect to move away from the faux-Renaissance and Neoclassical buildings that dominate the area.

In Sereno, Urquiola channels the lakes peace and tranquility in her use of natural materials, including wood, stone and wool. One of the main features is the hotel’s central staircase, a cascade of stacking wooden plinths. Furniture in the lobbies have been designed especially for the hotel, as well as the interiors of the hotel’s private boats, which leave from the private beach belonging to Sereno. The hotel’s website concludes “Sereno Hotels strive to ensure guests feel a strong sense of place, a well-developed design sensitivity and a feeling that the challenge of exclusive, sophisticated and high-end services in a relaxed and simple manner has been achieved.”

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