The Student Hotel, Florence

Designed by: The Student Hotel in collaboration with Rizoma Architetture
For client: The Student Hotel Floor area: 20000.00 M² Year of completion: 2018
Submitted for: Hotel of the Year

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Lounge areas are furnished with elegant Danish-style vintage pieces. Cork dividers create privacy in an open space.

About the Project

TSH Florence Lavagnini awakens from what has long been called The Sleepy Palace into The Dream Palace, breathing life into an underserved area of the city with a modern palazzo. Our challenge was to illuminate the building’s architecture and heritage, such as its original marble floors, dramatic staircases and frescoes, while revitalizing the building and surrounding area.

The building’s history is apparent with the two historic arched passageways that form the grand entranceway. The colored light tubes lining the entranceway’s walls and the pink swings that dangle from the ceiling are modern touches that set the stage for fun. An art-filled internal courtyard anchors the hotel, providing guests and city residents with a new community space. In the courtyard and across the hotel, art will evolve, with TSH providing a stage for ‘living’ installations that contrast with the masterpieces of Florence.

Communal areas were designed with an energetic and inspiring vibe that encourages connectivity among students, guests and locals. Inspired by Memphis and Architecture Radicale styling cues, communal areas are brought to life with locally sourced, traditional materials, colorful graphics and geometric patterns. Materials like corten steel and glass have been used to create modern touches against the building’s original features.

The pinnacle of the hotel is its Tuscan-themed rooftop pool and bar that boast Florence’s best views of the Duomo.

What’s unique about it

Described by Vanity Fair as the “hotel of the future,” our design for TSH Florence Lavagnini aims to create a complete connected community - a boundary-blurring hybrid space where students, travellers and locals can connect in well designed co-living and co-working spaces. We also aimed to both revitalize and respect a heritage building, while bringing youth and creativity to and an underserved area of the city.

Our signature areas- communal spaces, gaming areas, gym, study rooms, co-working space and the rooftop pool and bar - work in harmony with each other and were designed with an inspiring vibe that encourages connectivity. This is seen from the playful swings that dangle in the entranceway to the multiple areas for play, making music and cooking communally. Additionally, we’ve already hosted events that bring people together - from live art battles and fashion shows to cinema nights and student parties.

An art-filled internal courtyard provides guests city residents with a new community space. Multiple seating areas provide opportunities for al fresco studying, dining and hanging out. In the courtyard and across the hotel, art will evolve, inspiring guests and creating elements of surprise.

As part of a larger revitaliztion of the area, TSH Florence Lavagnini serves as a cultural hub for students, local residents, tourists and business travellers.

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Rooms are furnished with custom furniture produced by Modus in collaboration with the TSH Design Team. The classic TSH flag above the bed features a playful slogan.

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TSH Collab is our signature livable, shared workspace. At TSH Florence Lavagnini, its façade is entirely glass, and its colorway soothing, creating a light-filled and calming atmosphere.

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BedTalks is TSH’s signature event for hosting game-changers by bringing them together in a bedroom. This space features a 15 m wrap-around sofa that takes its inspiration from a bed, with a ‘headboard’ of exaggerated upholstered semi-circles.

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In the games and music room, a diagonally placed red music box clouded on the outside with 3D tiles incites mystery and acts as an unconventional space for guests to play and record music.

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Art will continue to evolve at TSH Florence Lavagnini. This mural in one of the hotel’s stairwells creates an element of surprise.

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The art-filled internal courtyard anchors TSH Florence Lavagnini and provides guests and the citizens of Florence with new community space.

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The self-service reception area’s defining feature is an eye-catching circular neon sign that winks “Truly Madly Deeply.” Check-in stations feature countertops created from a modern composite terrazzo, an updated play on an old material.

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Two historic arched passageways form the entranceway to the TSH Florence Lavagnini. Colored light tubes line the walls in a graphic pattern, adding a modern touch, and the swings that dangle from the ceiling set the stage for fun.

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The pinnacle of the hotel is its rooftop pool and bar that boasts sweeping views of the Duomo. ‘The Beach is Boring’ adorns the bottom of the pool in mosaic tiles.

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