Design and Interior Design Architect Patricia Urquiola, Milan
Construction supervision Architect Fabio Curcio Valentini, Como
Garden Design Patrick Blanc, Parigi
Engineering Studio Faber, Parma
Construction Costruzioni Carboncini & C., Lomazzo
Setten Genesio, Oderzo
Waterproofing Drytech Italia, Como
Drytech Tank 4,335 m²
IL SERENO HOTEL, TORNO / The symbiotic relationship between Il Sereno hotel in Torno, and Lake Como began with the laying of the first stone. The design hotel literally emerged from the waters of the Lario.
The charming village road leading to the hotel is not suitable for heavy vehicles, so all the building materials arrived by barge from the lake.
The dominus of this complex building site was the architect Fabio Curcio Valentini, works director, and Patricia Urquiola, coordinator of the architectural project who also created the contemporary interior design of the Luxury Hotel.
Patricia Urquiola reinterpreted the Italian rationalism work by Giuseppe Terragni from Como with a contemporary style.
The construction was consolidated with piles placed in the water, and the area dedicated to mechanical systems was obtained by digging into the granite rock without using explosives, up to a depth of seven meters below the level of the lake and building the waterproof structures with the Drytech Tank system.
The old dock has been incorporated into the new construction consisting of four floors above ground and two below ground level. The dock’s external terrace is used as the restaurant. The lakefront wing facing Como houses the underground garage and the heated outdoor swimming pool (also a Drytech Tank) covered in Brazilian karst stone. The SPA has been built flush to the lake, with the gym on the lower floor. The stone used consists mainly of Ceppo di Gré on the façade, Moltrasio stone and Fossena stone for the floors, travertine for the walls of the bathrooms and granite, walnut and ash wood for some furnishings.
The 30 suites (from 60 to 200 m² for the penthouse) have custom-made furnishings, every detail designed by Patricia Urquiola. They all project outwards with covered balconies furnished like living rooms so that they can be enjoyed in all seasons.
Every aspect of the building is almost entirely Made in Italy: from the home automation to the materials, from the furnishings to the Como silk used by the Spanish architect for the cushions and the scarves worn as part of the staff’s uniform.
In the middle of the lobby there is a self-supporting staircase made by Fontanot and designed by Patricia Urquiola, with steps made of canaletto walnut wood suspended by a grid of copper tubes. The perimeter of the hotel on the ground floor is characterized by large windows opening out towards the green boundary.
The restaurant extends towards the outside and at the same time it also has a winter garden that can be used all year round. The whole building has a ClimateHouse (Casa Clima) certification because of its very low energy impact and is completely managed by home automation. The building also integrates into the landscape through the gardens, designed by the French landscape biologist Patrick Blanc - inventor of vertical gardening - who has created, among other things, the large vertical garden with over 2,000 plants on the main facade of the hotel. An authentic tribute to the steep shores of the lake that seem to plunge into its waters.
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