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The GombitHotel’s architectural heritage is its defining characteristic, with the Torre del Gombito referenced throughout the hotel’s interior. In renovating the medieval structure, great care was taken to preserve seemingly mundane elements of its former incarnations. Local artist Steven Cavagna, whose work is found in each of the hotel’s rooms,incorporated bits of wires, bolts and screws that were salvaged during renovation into his compositions, creating assemblages that oscillate between the meditative and the whimsical.
In homage to the hotel’s historic shell, the building’s original 13th century stonewalls and handsomely carved wooden ceiling beams are exposed throughout its interior, creating a prosaic canvas for designer Gio Pozzi’s selection of contemporary furnishings. Employing a mostly monochromatic color scheme that’s in keeping with the building’s existing aesthetic, Pozzi chose shades of light brown, flax and muted grays as her primary tones. She and Cavagna supplemented this foundation with bright red accents, ranging from the library’s red bookshelf and chairs to Cavagna’s original artwork. One of these pieces is a whitewashed saxophone that drips red wires onto loose sheet music, partially hidden within one of the lobby’s stonewalls.
The “Tower Lounge,” where guests enjoy a morning buffet of local gourmet cheeses, fresh fruits and other regional delicacies, is one of the hotel’s few spaces with an entirely monochromatic design. The original coffered wooden ceiling affords the room a natural richness that’s underscored by linen table settings and flax curtains, creating a contemplative ambiance. The room’s overall sobriety is broken by a playful harmony of Cavagna’s sculptural accents, such as backlit cutouts winding up one wall and a series of guest books and pencils strung up by spidery wires along another.
To enliven the suites’ interiors, Pozzi added one of four distinctly bright hues, namely red, orange, purple or green to her arrangements, injecting touches of vibrant color into each soothingly minimal environment. Inviting seating areas and workstations are comfortably tucked away on one side of each suite. In the hotel’s two mezzanine suites, divided between an upper and lower floor, these areas are lit in part by a skylight that frames the ancient tower’s ascent above the hotel’s roof. The suites’ bathrooms are exceptionally modern arrangements of pristine geometric shapes with glass walled rain showers and cool gray Brazilian stone floors. Plush velveteen fabrics and soft linens comprise the textiles found in each suite, adding to their overall comfort and warmth. The entire effect is one of contemporary refinement, historical symbolism and personalized luxury.