Il Palazzo Experimental is a new hotel housed inside an historical palace in Venice.
The hotel in fact is inside Ca Molin, an ancient house then turned into the headquarter of the naval transport company Adriatica until it was abandoned.
The hotel is owned by Paris-based hospitality company the Experimental Group and it is located in the Dorsoduro neighborhood, overlooking the beautiful Giudecca canal.
Designed by interior designer Dorothée Meilichzon, the 32 stylish rooms and the hotel’s restaurant are a mix of Venetian craftsmanship, classic design, contemporary elements and references to the Memphis Movement.
In the renovation, the designer saved as many original architectural elements as possible: the beams, the high ceiling on the first floor, the gallery, the gothic windows and the double wooden doors.
The strong Venetian heritage has been reinforced by using typical features of the city’s historical buildings: symmetrical architecture, marbles, striped patterns (painted, metal marquetry, fabrics…), “gothique fleuri” inspiration, colors from the laguna and from the Venetian facades. Dorothée Meilichzon also used traditional timeless Venetian «savoir faire», such as black lacquer, traditional cement terrazzo, some Marmorino & Calce on walls.
To create a more contemporary and trendy look, they also used elements that refers to the Memphis movement, bright colors, brushed aluminum, scalloped edges, glass lamps from Luciano Vistosi and Breccia Capraia marbles.
While Dorothée Meilichzon designed the rooms, suites and restaurant, the interior design of the cocktail Bar was entrusted to Cristina Celestino to give the space a different creative signature.