Molino Stucky Hilton

by Fabio Marzari | :venews

Molino StuckyThe Hilton in Venice: an important new presence in the already vast hotel panorama of the city, as well as an admirable recovery operation in an area which, for too many years, was the object of projects, polemics, idle chatter.

The extraordinary aspect of Molino Stucky is that it represents one of the world's greatest industrial archaeology restorations, the most extensive project ever undertaken by the Superintendency, one of Europe's largest 5 star deluxe hotels.
Molino Stucky, a former flour mill, was built at the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth century on Giudecca Island.
It had a characteristic structure entirely in brick. The mill ground 2,500 quintals of flour each day, and employed 1,500 workers. As the mill's activities were performed 24 hours round the clock, it was necessary to expand the building in 1895.
The labour was entrusted to the architect Ernest Wullekopf, to whom we owe the famous Neogothic façade, which for more than a century remained a symbol of industrial architecture and Italian Neogothic. Between 1955, the year in which Mulino Stucky was definitively closed, and today, the year of the rebirth of the building complexes, there have been dozens of projects, misfortunes, fires… Yes, fires too. It seems incredible, but in Venice a pyrocracy reigns: fire has the power to revive the best productive capacities, transforming ashes into concrete works, incredibly created in reasonable time spaces.

The Molino Stucky Hilton, latest addition to the great family of luxury hotels, has 380 rooms; among these there are 9 SPA Rooms and 40 Suites, convention halls, bars, restaurants (open to guests and non-guests alike), boutiques, beauty farms, plus a rooftop pool and the Skyline Bar, on the eighth floor, which offers a breathtaking view of Venice at 360 degrees.
The Hilton represents another fine occasion for Venice... if only the city has the will to grasp this opportunity.

by Fabio Marzari
Tr. Maria Fasolo
:venews july 2007

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