A fi­ve star an­cient mo­na­ste­ry

Area Wellness - - Case History - Di Pier­gior­gio Bar­zon

The Ho­ly Ro­man Em­pe­ror Char­les V has a fi­ve star ho­tel de­di­ca­ted to him in Utre­cht lo­ca­ted wi­thin a hi­sto­ric com­plex kno­wn as Dui­tse Huis that is ma­de up by an an­cient mo­na­ste­ry, foun­ded by the Ca­va­lie­ri Teu­to­ni­ci in 1348, and its dor­mi­to­ries. The struc­tu­re hou­sed a mi­li­ta­ry ho­spi­tal da­ting back to the XIX cen­tu­ry, whi­ch was par­ti­cu­lar­ly mo­dern and ef­fi­cient for its ti­me, it was ope­ra­tio­nal and trea­ted pa­tien­ts un­til the la­te ‘80s when the lo­cal mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty took over the pro­per­ty and be­gan re­no­va­tions. The com­plex un­der­went con­si­de­ra­ble re­sto­ra­tion and in the ear­ly 2000 was en­ti­re­ly re­fur­bi­shed and tran­sfor­med in­to a lu­xu­ry ho­tel. The pre­sent day con­struc­tion ri­ses in- bet­ween the ci­ty walls and the lo­cal wa­ter chan­nels and is ma­de up by th­ree dif­fe­rent buil­dings: the Me­die­val wing in the midd­le, the Na­po­leo­nic re­si­den­ce to­wards the We­st (Luigi Bo­na­par­te, the ge­ne­ral’s bro­ther had pur­cha­sed the pro­per­ty in 1807) and the Ro­man wing to­wards the Sou­th, the lo­wer le­vel is en­ti­re­ly de­di­ca­ted to the well­ness area and its sau­na, va­por ba­th and co­ve­red hea­ted pool. The look of the buil­ding is de­si­gned by the ar­chi­tec­tu­re stu­dio of Hei­ne & Va de Ri­jt, and is con­tem­po­ra­ry wi­th strong use of lar­ge glass win­do­ws. The ma­jo­ri­ty of the rooms and sui­tes are lo­ca­ted in what was the old mi­li­ta­ry ho­spi­tal and bo­th the dra­pes and fur­ni­tu­re ha­ve been se­lec­ted wi­th ca­re to re­spect lo­cal tra­di­tion and craf­tsman­ship. The bras­se­rie (found in the old Mo­na­ste­ry’s kit­chen) and the ex­traor­di­na­ry Grand Re­stau­rant Ka­rel V (what was the old di­ning hall) are in the cen­tral wing and open on­to a wi­de cour­tyard li­ned wi­th sta­tues that fa­ce a ri­ch and green gar­den. Guests are in­vi­ted to ta­ke in the spec­ta­cu­lar view of the Duo­mo and the pa­no­ra­ma from its bell to­wer and to walk th­rou­gh the ci­ty, in par­ti­cu­lar Utre­cht’s mu­seum quar­ter whi­ch is on­ly a few steps away from the main shop­ping street.

Ma­con, una cit­ta­di­na che sor­ge sul­le ri­ve del fiu­me Sao­na, è vi­sta da chi pro­vie­ne dal sud del­la Fran­cia co­me la por­ta per la Bor­go­gna. Si­tua­to nel cen­tro- est del­la Fran­cia, il ter­ri­to­rio è ca­rat­te­riz­za­to da col­li­ne on­du­la­te, ri­co­per­te di vi­gne e fo­re­ste con tut­te le sfu­ma­tu­re del ver­de, in­ter­rot­te da ca­stel­li, pic­co­li bor­ghi,ru­pi iso­la­te che emer­go­no im­prov­vi­sa­men­te. La re­gio­ne Bor­go­gna evo­ca vi­ni fra i più fa­mo­si al mon­do e can­ti­ne se­co­la­ri, ed è fa­cil­men­te rag­giun­gi­bi­le at­tra­ver­so au­to­stra­de pro­ve­nien­ti da Pa­ri­gi, Lio­ne, ma an­che in quat­tro ore da To­ri­no tra­mi­te i tun­nel del Mon­te

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