13/01/2022 - Venice welcomes a new hotel among its intimate alleys, in the sestiere Castello along Riva degli Schiavoni, a stylish and elegant address with a long tradition of hospitality dating back to the 1200s, Ca’ di Dio was an ancient shelter for pilgrims and women in difficulty. Now five hundred years from the work of Jacopo Sansovino, it has experienced a renaissance signed by Patricia Urquiola.
Molteni&C takes part in this great project furnishing the interiors of the 66 bedrooms with custom-made pieces designed by Patricia Urquiola.
The brand also enriches the hallways with wood ceilings, fabric upholstery and benches.
The setting is completed by iconic pieces of the Molteni&C collections, such as the Filigree
tables designed by Rodolfo Dordoni, and the Woody
chairs designed by Francesco Meda.
The project is a homage to Venice and its past. The environment and the detail celebrate the materials, colours and ambiance of the city that lives on the water: its palette is soft and subtle, with light, transparent hues that echo the reflections of the lagoon.
A distinct welcoming environment can be perceived right from the entrance, with the Lobby, originally the church, being one of the most iconic areas of the entire hotel. The double height ceiling serves to show off the 14.000 Murano glass crystals that make up the three sails of the breath-taking light fitting.
Ca’ di Dio continues in the Reading Room, the Alchemia bar, in the two restaurants of the hotel, Essentia and Vero, the latter being open also to external guests.
Each space displays careful research into materials, characterised by fabrics, glass, stone and marble, all worked respecting the traditions of local craftsmanship. This narrative of a “Venetian house” continues in its offering of exquisite hospitality, two rooftop loggias from where to gaze out onto the whole of Venice, and the three gardens created in the courtyards, peaceful oases in which to find oneself and connect to the external environment.
Ca’ di Dio has 66 rooms, 57 are Suites and 9 are Deluxe rooms. Most face the lagoon, looking out onto the isle of San Giorgio and Rio Ca’ di Dio. The rooms have fabric panelling and wood frames surrounding the windows, emphasising the relationship between the internal and external space. Light fittings have been made to measure, hand-blown by master glassblowers. In the rooms, each detail delicately fits into its surroundings and is interpreted in a contemporary reading.
The hotel is part of the VRetreats collection, exclusive houses with a strong personality and a strong link to the territory, structures encompassing art and culture, in keeping with the surrounding areas thanks to terraces, cloisters and gardens.
“As a designer, I always work with an inclusive view, making the client an active part of the project, giving a unique character to each hotel – explains the architect and interior designer, Patricia Urquiola. “The vision with VRetreats was always in agreement on the end result: Venice had to be the nucleus from which everything had to originate. The careful choice of materials, the importance of the genius loci are fundamental elements for me. We have researched in depth to exalt the personality of Ca’ di Dio, without distorting the past but re-interpreting it in a contemporary manner.”
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