ROME WELCOMES A BRAND NEW BULGARI HOTEL
Jul 1, 2023
After Milan, London and Dubai… Rome welcomes a brand new Bulgari Hotel, the ninth of the Bulgari Hotels & Resorts collection designed by ACPV Architects and the fourth illuminated by Metis Lighting.
Nevertheless, this specific project connotates the establishment of a statement: Bulgari sets foot in Rome, building a bridge between its roots and future. Few meters away from the first Bulgari store in Via Condotti and a breath close to Ara Pacis and the first Roman Emperor’s Mausoleum, the emblematic building designed by the rationalist architect Vittorio Ballio Morpurgo becomes the stage of an important renovation project. ACPV Architects orchestrate an ambitious operation putting together their unique toolkit and values along with the experience of a long-term collaboration with Bulgari Hotels & Resorts. Metis Lighting joined the design team since early 2019 working in BIM, completing another milestone in their own Bulgari experience; starting from the first design hotel in Milan illuminated with halogen light fittings, the London Knightsbridge Hotel with underground public spaces followed executed entirely with LED technology and later passing on the Dubai Resort with the extensive outdoor spaces and custom lamps.
In 2023, lighting technology has changed significantly offering new possibilities in terms of control, sustainability and specifications. But the underlying values remain intact: seamless integration with architecture, enhancing precious materials and finishing, outlining a unique user experience for the hotel’s guest.
The aesthetics of Bulgari Hotel in Rome are a combination of ACPV Architects’ style enriched with an inspiration by the Imperial Roman heritage; stone and marble in lush finishings and hues juxtaposed on a 30’s rationalist architecture of the existing container compose a magic backdrop to illuminate. Linear light is concealed in ceiling coves and millwork items, working as an orientation element while revealing the carefully chosen finishings. Downlights installed in timber, plaster and marble ceilings are highly shielded as another attempt to re-create the so far Metis Lighting- signature ‘’invisible light’’ effect both in the Public spaces and in the guestrooms. Light doesn’t glare or scream its presence, but works humbly hidden adding depth and visual hierarchy in every space.
In an over 14.000 sqm area, including guestrooms, restaurants and Spa, Bulgari merges history with contemporary design language. While the brand continues to push the limits of hospitality standards, Metis Lighting grabs the chance to introduce always more innovative lighting design principles. A new Resort in Maldives has been recently announced and we can’t wait to showcase how nature-centric approach can represent a new value in high-end hospitality.
From marble finished lobbies to sandy beaches and pools, the hotel guest can appreciate what nature consists of as a connection to history, future and himself. Light can be the perfect guide in this journey…
Courtesy Bulgari Hotels & Resorts