The ONE HOTEL in Dalmine (Bergamo), designed by the Alvisi Kirimoto + Partners architecture studio, is located in a strategic position close to the A4 highway, Orio al Serio international airport, and the historic city of Bergamo. Oriented toward business travellers requiring hospitality services for varying lengths of time, the hotel offers comfortable, graciously fitted out rooms, elegant and functional facilities for conventions and meetings, as well as a bar/bistro, restaurant, and fitness center.
The Rome-based Alvisi Kirimoto + Partners studio conceived the ONE HOTEL as a dark gray parallelepiped animated by three projecting planes: the two vertical main sides of the hotel, suspended above the base; and the horizontal roof slab, faced in Alucobond® panels.
From the first floor upwards, the long white southeast side of the hotel is protected by an outer envelope made of expanded metal mesh spaced at a slight distance from the inner façade. This element is composed of panels fixed in an open or closed position to create a rhythmic pattern while performing the function of a brise-soleil system for the rooms.
This cadenced rhythm is repeated on the ground floor, where the pillars and windows alternate in a precise order.
The top floor, on the other hand, has broad windows that give a feeling of lightness to the long luminous hallway running the length of the building and giving access to the rooms.
The short northeast side of the building is characterized by a built-to-design emergency stairway with expanded metal mesh rails, underscoring the aesthetic idiom, somewhere between modern minimalism and functionalism, expressed throughout the structure.
The ONE HOTEL, designed by Alvisi Kirimoto + Partners, stands somewhat lower than the road level. The pedestrian area along the main façade is separated from the roadway by a white travertine bench, contrasting with the gray bush-hammered basalt paving stones. The entrance is accented by a large gray sheet-metal canopy.
The hotel’s three residential floors offer eight single rooms, forty doubles and two junior suites. The décor is characterized by a prevalence of white and ecru, with the exception of the suites, which combine dark gray and white. The private baths in the rooms are finished in travertine marble with smooth gray basalt floors to ensure continuity between interior and exterior.
With the architectural design of ONE HOTEL, using a very simple basic structure, the Alvisi Kirimoto + Partners architecture studio has created a building rich in detail and features that both give it character and make it highly functional, perfectly complementing the philosophy of the hotel itself.
+ Project credits / data
Client: Fabiani SpA
Site: Dalmine (Bergamo)
Job: design and construction of ONE HOTEL
Project site: 3800 sqm total; 2220 sqm hotel; 450 sqm underground parking facility; 100 sqm terrace
Start of work: 2008
End of work: 2010
Architectural design: Massimo Alvisi, Junko Kirimoto, Arabella Rocca, Chiara Quadraccia, Carolina Ossandon – Studio Alvisi Kirimoto + Partners.
+ About Alvisi Kirimoto + Partners
The Alvisi Kirimoto + Partners architecture studio was founded in 2002 by Massimo Alvisi and Junko Kirimoto after the two architects had participated in important projects with renowned international studios such as those of Renzo Piano, Massimiliano Fuksas, and Oscar Niemeyer.
In 2008, Alvisi Kirimoto + Partners added engineering capabilities by bringing in the partners Alessandra Spiezia and Arabella Rocca. With a staff of twelve professionals, Alvisi Kirimoto + Partners perform architectural design and engineering, feasibility studies, and project management for their own projects and for those of renowned architects such as Rem Koolhaas and Renzo Piano.
Alvisi Kirimoto + Partners have performed numerous projects in the design and remodeling of auditoriums, theatres, industrial complexes and office buildings, as well as important projects in shop and restaurant design, residential architecture and interior design, and exhibition and museum design.
Competitions and prizes:
- winner of the competition “Meno è più di 4”: daycare center, civic center and library in Rome;
- winner of the international competition for the restoration and remodeling of the Teatro
Comunale of Corato (Bari, Italy), currently in progress;
- prize in the international competition for Small Railway Stations;
- prize for the design of the rowing canal in Madrid’s bid to host the 2016 summer Olympic Games;
- prize for the invitation-only competition for the Giustiniano Imperatore area in Rome.