Heritage, sustainability, and character are Isola delle Rose’s key elements. The design across the resort is the work of renowned Italian architect Matteo Thun and his partner Luca Colombo, who have focussed on integrating contemporary elements within rather than replacing the existing 19 buildings to showcase their unique history and personality.
Every building on the island has been reworked enhancing the architectural heritage of the location, while also nodding to the urban environment of the island.
“The resort reflects the lagoon’s spirit – water, slowness, and silence. We wanted to create a contemporary, unique place in an outstanding location while protecting the historic character of the island and its buildings. It’s all about luxury through subtraction without creating waste” says Thun.
Thun is known for his sustainable, holistic outlook. As well as acknowledging the importance of integrating the buildings with the landscape – an effect achieved with paths and canals through the outdoor areas and vegetable gardens – a huge focus has been placed on the artisanal skills and heritage of the area.
For example, fabrics from Venetian manufacturer Rubelli and bathroom fittings from Zucchetti feature throughout the interiors of the resort, while tables made of local wood from the lagoon in a renowned Matteo Thun design decorate several of the stylish villas.
Thun also referenced the glass-blowing traditions of nearby Murano Island with customised light installations designed in collaboration with world famous glassmaking company Barovier & Toso. Spherical Laguna Lamps, designed exclusively for the hotel with Antonio Rodriguez, are made from hand-blown glass by Italian firm Artemide.
Creating a sense of privacy and space is another key feature of the design. Dense bushes divide the gardens from one another and, many rooms have pools facing the lagoon or gardens to enhance the sense of seclusion.
Thanks to its outstanding architecture and interior design, JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa has been awarded the title of Best Hotel & Tourism Resort at the MIPIM 2016 awards.