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Star Hotel


Generali Real Estate

Melia Hotels International


5 Star Hotel

G + 5 + 1 Basement floor

Architecture, Interior Architecture,

Facade Technical Lighting, Terraces,

Relations with the Superintendency

Built up area

9.000 sqm


Milan, Italy


2018 – 2023

The requalification of the historic Palazzo Cordusio provides for the reconversion of part of its surfaces into a new iconic 5-star Hotel. The project, carried out by Studio Marco Piva respecting the building history and its artistic and cultural heritage, yet giving it a new, up-to-date identity. One of the aims is to give the main facade a new artistic value, emphasizing it by light effects that enhance the central entrance of the new hotel and both the building’s sides. The intervention intends to maintain the existing historic portal that becomes the main entrance of the hotel, where a first hall with reception functions will be placed. The central courtyard, which is going to be covered by a glass and metal structure, will host multi-functional activities: meeting, conference, breakfast room or event space, depending on the needs. Another important conservative intervention is dedicated to the internal staircase, an elegant element that will be restored to its original splendor. The reception will be located on the top floor, in the most significant architectural part of the building, with the majestic Dome, symbol of Piazza Cordusio. This area will be also entirely restored, respecting its historical value, yet emphasizing it.

Palazzo delle Assicurazioni Generali is one of the historic buildings overlooking Piazza Cordusio, located in the heart of Milan, a few steps from the Duomo. It was built in an eclectic style on a project by the architect Luca Beltrami between 1897 and 1902 by the company Assicurazioni Generali Venezia, giving way to the broader plan of renovation of the square which took place between the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, period in which the first urban operations took place in the Milanese landscape. Political and administrative activities took place inside the building.

Made of stone with elegant relief decorations, the building has five floors and is characterized in the final part where a high octagonal dome rises. The style refers to sixteenth-century inspirations, especially in the distribution of ornamental inserts. On the facade stand out the high relief with the lion of San Marco, proof of the Venetian origin of the insurance company, and the niche with the mosaic of the allegorical representation of Providence.