For my new hotel project, situated opposite Bologna railway station, I wanted to develop a particular concept that would enable me to “construct” a place dedicated to business tourism, located in the throbbing hub of one of the most active cities in Italy, still a pillar of thought and of Western history.
Colour is a basic tool, fundamental during our design process. It delineates architecture, forms interiors and creates a strong relation to the materials used in the design. Colour becomes the central element upon which the entire design is based. UNA Hotel is a prime example, where colour becomes the prima donna in both the architecture project as well as the interior design.
The façade of the UNA Hotel is an interface to the city of Bologna. The large windows, punctured into the bronzed steel façade are given life through an inbuilt lighting system, which washes each aperture with a pre-defined colour. This blithe use of colour and light infuses contemporary character to the building and establishes UNA Hotel as a landmark in the city of Bologna.
Vivacious colours dominate the interiors of the guest rooms and suites. Four colour palettes exist: orange, red, blue and yellow. Colour permeates onto all the materials utilised such as lacquered woods, retro painted glass and upholsteries. The choice of colour is not based solely on aesthetics, but is coupled up with an in-depth research in colour psychology