In Santiago, Chile, a historic mansion becomes a urban design hotel

Chilean architect Cazú Zegers and interior designer Carolina Delpiano transform a historic mansion from 1929 into the Magnolia urban hotel, in Santiago de Chile

Hotel Magnolia manages to balance the needs of a contemporary hotel with a historical background, preserving the integrity of the existing building, now with three new floors.

Zegers and Delpiano new project added three floors to the existing three, elevating the building to a total of six floors. The addition is highlighted and hidden at the same time, thanks to a glass wall glass wall featuring an upside-down photograph of the lower floors.

The interiors of the Hotel Magnolia stand out for the balance between the existing building and the new side, which is definitely contemporary. Zegers and Delpiano have also paid homage to the architecture of the past, choosing the finest materials for the finishes and furnishings.

Hotel Magnolia in Santiago de Chile offers 42 rooms, a restaurant, a bar, a library, a fitness centre and two meeting rooms; the furniture is decidedly contemporary, with traditional accents.

All of the rooms, featuring a light colored wood cladding, stand out for some works by Chilean artists, such as images of birds, mountains and palms by the artist Macarena Illanes, painted on the headboards of the beds. [Text: Arianna Callocchia – Photo Hotel Magnolia]


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