Our hotel is located at the foot of the Euganean Hills Regional Park, one of the most beautiful and untouched places in the region. The decision to build the hotel there was perfect since it gave access to the area’s warm thermal water while also having a unrivalled view and micro-climate.
To help promote morphological integration even more, we have turned the roofs into hanging gardens where, despite the limited weight and thickness, water can accumulate in large quantities and allow the essences to thrive even in the event of long drought periods. That water reserve supplies the vegetation through a capillary ascent process that guarantees that the system will survive for about seven weeks without any rainfall. Moreover, it guarantees a lower heat dispersion during the winter season and lower temperatures of the roof during the summer, greatly affecting the energy expenses for maintaining comfortable temperatures in the building.
Wherever a hanging garden couldn’t be used, a special cover was mounted and made of a certified, safe, natural, sustainable and recyclable material: zinc-titanium. Zinc is one of the first ten elements present on the terrestrial crust; it is the second trace element after iron and it has an important role in numerous physiological and biochemical functions. It regulates hormones, stabilizes the cell membrane, influences growth and has important functions for the nerves, eyes, skin, immune system as well as for the healing process of wounds. At its mineral status, zinc is largely available both geologically and geographically. It is mainly extracted in the open air worldwide. Recycling has a fundamental role in the sustainable construction industry and zinc is 100% recyclable without needing additional procedures such as removing painting or separating materials.
As concerns thermal insulation, we used energy efficient windows combined with high performance, low emission double glazing. The double-glazing pane is different from a standard glass pane because it fits a special treatment that prevents dispersion and stops most shortwave radiation. For insulating the building, we used natural and fire-proof materials such as mineral wool made from the fusion and spinning of natural rock.
We also tried to respect the beauty of the location and nature through the furnishing and design where we only used natural materials: wood in the rooms, Italian marble and Italian wood for the parquet. All the paint used was water-based paint and without any chemicals.
Tablecloths, sheets, pillowcases and towels are all made of natural cotton fibre without any chemical treatments.