Milan’s Newest Luxury Hotel Showcases Architectural Excellence
Located in the heart of Milan, in the heart of its futuristic CityLife district and just 100 meters from Portello metro station, NH Collection Milan CityLife is Italy’s newest luxury hotel, a masterful blend of old and new. The hotel is built on the original structure of the Church of Christ the King, which was erected in 1934 for religious use and then abandoned in 1990. After an order from the Bishop of Milan in 2017, the church was deconsecrated and then rehabilitated by the architectural design firm QuattroAssociati under the direction of NH Hotel Group. The imposing new building was created with the aim of promoting and preserving the artistic heritage of Milan.
The NH Collection Milano CityLife stands out for its austere color — optical white — and its impressive 13-storey tower. The two eye-catching strokes identify the 12e hotel in Milan as a true example of “Made in Italy” architectural excellence.
The church building, in masonry with a Latin cross plan with three naves, has been partly preserved, as have the original wooden doors, the semicircular arches and the aisles of the side naves, which now serve as a spectacular entrance to the hotel. Guests are overshadowed by the height and sense of verticality of the structure, within which, acting as master, is the demi-pilaster, the vertical pillar that leans against and protrudes from the wall. This architectural element, borrowed from the classical tradition, is the common thread that runs through the entire structure.
Order, moderation, calm and elegance are expressed in Milanese art, design, fashion and architecture; these elements are represented through the features of the new hotel, which integrates coherently into the neoclassical architectural landscape of Milan.
The 13-storey tower is designed to enhance verticality in a contemporary way, a verticality that becomes the protagonist of the exterior and interior structure, as well as the rear wall of the reception, which recreates a “golden organ” in the details of the cocktail bar, restaurant and lobby.
“Transforming and enhancing a place of worship to make it a meeting place dedicated to hospitality was a difficult professional challenge,” said Michele Reginaldi, the architect in charge of the project for QuattroAssociati. “We have tried to reinterpret the spaces of the hotel – always protecting the character of the space of the existing building – in accordance with the decorative apparatus and the most significant architectural elements, in order to affirm a principle of continuity and of permanence.”
With 185 rooms, including 10 duplex suites built above the central nave, the NH Collection Milano CityLife is one of the few hotels in the world to offer the possibility of sleeping, relaxing and staying in a former church dating 1930s. Six suites also have terraces with the remaining 175 rooms located in the 13-story tower, all of which share the spirit of “Made in Italy” tailoring excellence. Lighting is 100% Italian (room lamps are by Flosand Firmamento Milano), and photographs of models in bespoke 1950s and 1960s dresses were taken in the hotel’s common areas.
The restaurant, Tailors, is the epitome of NH Hotel Group’s “Made in Italy” hospitality concept, paying homage to the region’s trade fairs and Italian craftsmanship. The NH Collection Milano CityLife is located in what until a few years ago was the city’s trade fair district, which has now become one of the new fashion districts. It is an excellent place to discover Milan in all its splendor as a city of art and tourism, but also as a business center due to its proximity to the MiCo halls, the largest congress center in Milan. ‘Europe.
Perhaps the hotel’s real highlight is on the top floor, the site of a rooftop pool and cocktail bar, The District. After enjoying the sunsets, the rooftop in via Colleoni turns into a Milanese nightlife spot.