A painstaking renovation combines restoration of original architectural features with contemporary design


After two years of work, the conversion of a historic palazzo in Trieste has been completed to create the DoubleTree by Hilton, a 4-star luxury hotel on the very central Piazza della Repubblica. The conservative restoration of an iconic building dating back to the early 1900s has involved F&M ingegneria for the structural design and work supervision, together with the studio Caberlon Caroppi for the architectural design and Arcadis Italia for activities of project management.

The hotel has 125 rooms, including 25 suites, reception areas, a meeting room, a wellness center and spa, as well as multifunctional conference rooms, to respond to the needs of all guests, always in situations of maximum comfort. The facility also contains the Il Novecento Restaurant and Berlam Coffee Tea & Cocktail bar. Different types of rooms range from the 23 m2 of the ‘standard’ to the 80 m2 of the presidential suite.

Following careful analysis of the historical and cultural context, two different approaches were developed based on factors of impact on existing features. In the locations of important historical presences, as in the entrance zone on the ground floor which contains a sculptural group portraying a gladiator and two lions, the stylistic approach is never invasive, with a refined touch that does not attempt to add further visual force to a situation that is already one of high aesthetic impact.

Otherwise, when such historical presences are lacking, as in the renovated office spaces, the project sets out to create a situation of great visual appeal and strong identity, still driven by the history of the place: Trieste itself.

Images courtesy of Studio Caberlon Caroppi - Ph. Roberto Pastrovicchio