Across time and space

Palazzo Tirso is giving a new lease of life with a restyling by Studio Marco Piva to create a 5-star boutique hotel where past and present live alongside one another in direct contact with the landscape

Keel by Potocco, design Victor Vasilev and Mario Ferrarini

Studio Marco Piva once again shows off its ability to read history, enhance it and translate it into a design that is new as well as surprising in its balanced expression between past and present. The project in question is Palazzo TirsoMGallery at Cagliari, once headquarters of the Società Elettrica Sarda, now a 5-star hotel part of the Gruppo Accor and property of Gruppo Puddo Costruzioni. A change of use that the Studio has accommodated by conserving the historic value of the building that dates back to the 1920s, in Art Nouveau style, and giving it a new contemporary. 

Palazzo Tirso, Cagliari

The inspiration behind the design of the restyling has come first and foremost from the roots of the territory, its culture and its colours. In order to maintain unchanged the link with the city, Studio Marco Piva has emphasised the view of the landscape by exploiting the large windows of the historic building, overlooking the dock and the Cagliari hills. This continuous connection between the outside of the city and the inside of the boutique hotel is repeated in particular between the suites and the panoramic terraces that house the Cielo “all day dining” restaurant from which to admire the Golfo degli Angeli. 

Keel by Potocco, design Victor Vasilev and Mario Ferrarini

This exclusive location has been furnished with Keel chairs by Potocco, designed by Victor Vasilev and Mario Ferrarini. Their light appearance fits in well with the airy feel of the restaurant, inspired by the maritime and nautical world, this collection is characterised by a slim, streamlined metal structure and slender, wraparound wooden backrest. Making a strong graphic impression, Keel outlines the space dominated by natural light and projected outside by the large windows that surround it, creating a direct connection with the landscape.

Photo © Andrea Martiradonna