WATG design modern and sophisticated five-star hotel in Croatia
The historic city of Rovinj on the Istrian peninsula has many hotels, but until the arrival of Monte Mulini, no international-standard five-star properties. The client wanted the bar for luxury hospitality to be raised, and WATG, having won the design competition for the project, delivered.
The brief was to bring a new kind of hotel to Rovinj, showcasing contemporary design, while using local materials and fitting in to local culture as well as its setting: a steep, forested park on the edge of the city, on a bay overlooking a nature reserve. It was particularly important to the client that the design incorporate both summer and winter elements, to help extend the traditional summer tourist season.
The 109-room hotel is set into the hillside, with a single-storey arrival lobby looking down over four levels of public areas. A dramatic panoramic glass wall greets guests with an uninterrupted view of landscaped pool areas and the sea. Bars, lounges and restaurants are located on lower levels, with spacious terraced areas for fine dining and relaxation. A traditionally-styled wine vault is located at the lowest level. Ten luxury suites are housed in an adjoining block, with a view of the old city. The hotel features fireplaces and a spa, helping to attract off-season visitors. Every single room has a sea view.
A nature reserve is situated across the bay from the hotel, and the hotel itself is set within the city on a main promenade, so both urban and natural elements are part of the design. Great care was taken to take advantage of natural light, including studies of light and shade on the windows throughout the year. The curved roof is positioned so that the glazed wall is in shadow during the summer, minimizing heat gain and the need for air conditioning.
The hotel is owned and operated by Maistra d.d., a leading Croatian hotel company, and member of Adris Group. "WATG, from my perspective, provides tremendous value to business with their excellent understanding of the value creation process," says the client, Damir Vanđelić, investments director of Adris Grupa d.d. "The firm demonstrates a great ability to adapt to specifics of the local culture and values."
In collaboration with ATP Zagreb, WATG carried out architecture, interior design, and the landscape concept.