Hotel Viu Milan’s fluid ground-floor social spaces open up through the lobby, a light and airy reception area centered around an oversized fireplace. Arassociati Studio and Nicola Gallizia Studio turned to the inimitable style of legendary designer and architect Gio Ponti for inspiration when creating the classical lines and artisanal-inspired interiors of the hotel’s entrance. The black basalt tiled flooring adds a contemporary touch to the space, while carefully-placed rugs mirror the linearity of the furniture design.
The flowing space leads to Bulk, an inclusive and informal restaurant conceptualized by Michelin-starred chef Giancarlo Morelli. Here, a subtle design shift influenced by the surrounding green spaces translates to hardwood flooring and the use of warmer, natureinspired tones. Taking inspiration from a Milanese cultural center that once resided on the site of the hotel, Bulk has been designed as a multi-faceted social hub centered around regional cuisine, served from the open kitchen. Low, cozy seating encourages languid lunches and casual coffee meetings, while the charmingly eclectic collection of vintage furnishings and design classics recalls images of an attic trove tucked away in a grand Milanese townhouse.