Boiardo Hotel / 1495

Boiardo Hotel / 1495

The strategic location of the hotel within the best known ceramics production area in Italy makes it the perfect destination for business clients who come for trade fairs, company events, to close contracts or work on new projects. Alongside these are guests looking to enjoy the many DOC and IGP products from the area’s rich culinary heritage including some of the finest salamis, balsamic vinegar and Parmigiamo Reggiano cheese. The area also has a long tradition for wine-making and the landscape is charmingly embroidered with vines which adorn the hillsides leading to the Apennines. Against this backdrop the Boiardo Hotel/Ristorante 1495 takes its place as a contemporary, international business hotel fully in keeping with local traditions. The challenge was to achieve a balance between the energy needed to create a striking yet subtly nuanced atmosphere with an intimate feel, intrinsically linked to the region, its history and uniqueness. Designer Simone Cagnazzo took inspiration from one of Boiardo’s best known works Orlando Innamorato (Orlando In Love) using colours and textures from the 15th century when the poem was written and adapting them to the clean, simple lines of the furniture and fittings. The mocha-reddish tones chosen for the soft furnishings in the lobby, for the flower pots, for the room furniture and for the headboards, is the same as that on the houses so deftly described by Boiardo. This colour is used against black and cream to create an inviting atmosphere which is then enhanced by the warm lighting scheme. The interior design project for the Boiardo Hotel and the 1495 Restaurant, which took three years to complete, was built around two key aspects: the Hotel/Restaurant complex’s strong ties to the local area and architectural sustainability. Particular care was taken with the common areas in the large lobby of the Hotel and the Lounge in the Restaurant. These have been created around people who work, who travel and who come together in areas designed to be welcoming and in which we have placed two De Castelli Existence book shelves, made to order. The Boiardo strives to bring together the best of tradition, technology and sustainability in a uniquely integrated manner so as to create a single, graceful whole which serves to enhance the Boiardo Hotel / 1495 experience.

Architectc Simone Cagnazzo
Place Scandiano, Reggio Emilia
Year 2014
Photo Davide Bartolai