Duomo Hotel, Rimini
Situated in the narrow streets of Rimini's old town is the 43-room Duomo Hotel, Italy's answer to space age designer hotels.
Situated in the narrow streets of Rimini's old town is the 43-room Duomo Hotel, Italy's answer to space age designer hotels. Redesigned by architect and design extraordinaire Ron Arad, the hotel fuses a range of bright colours, unconventional shapes and alternative materials.
Arad has incorporated the pre-existing facade of the building, covering it with a new bronze skin that enters the hotel forming the ceiling and back wall of the bar.
An island of mirror-polished stainless steel topped in bronze with fjord-like scoops sits as a centrepiece in the bar, while huge pinball flipper-like doors form the entrance of the hotel. But it is the reception desk, which is the real focal point of the building. Arad has created something truly original in the form of a stainless steel ring dramatically leaning against a polished steel column with DMX controlled colour changing LEDs to provide extra visual stimulation.
The hotel's rooms are designed with soft and rounded lines to create a heightened sense of space, while the Corian encased bathroom pods all feature Alessi showers and lavatories, as well as LCD screens to ensure a luxurious stay.