La Marinella,

MS Studio (Mathilde Gudefin+Salomé Wackernagel)

Our project offers a design alternative within this program, respecting its original structure and using innovative materials from contemporary sustainable marine design.

In an abandoned building with a beautiful rational architecture from 1934, located on the outskirts of Genoa and facing the sea, we developed a proposal for a conceptual interior design.

It is a fictional renovation of a hotel and bar using sustainable and innovative materials, largely design elements conceived from waste caught in the sea. The renovated building would be self-sufficient, with the installation of a desalination unit to recycle seawater (in the bathrooms) and solar panels on the roof.

We respect the original shape of the building and are inspired by its “Bauhaus” spirit: symmetry, geometric lines and curves… The hotel rooms and suites on the first floor follow the shape of the building: the curved façades are reflected in the new layout ; the graphic treatment of the floor suggests a fluid movement between the spaces. The floor is composed of several terraces made of recycled glass (including bottles found in the sea), in different motifs, scales and tones.

The water and the sea are affirmed as central elements: in the center of the suites, a bathtub rises from the floor; in all spaces, shades of blue stimulate awareness of the elements of the sea. All the materials used in our concept are recycled materials, objects from young and committed designers, or second-hand “vintage” furniture that highlights the classic symbols of the great modernist design. Originally, this hotel offered a solarium and rooms with a stunning ocean view. In constant dialogue with the element “water”, offering an immersion in the marine world, and turning it into the theater of a strong architectural, ecological and economic commitment.


Author: MS Studio (Mathilde Gudefin+Salomé Wackernagel).
Location: Genoa, Italy.
Year: 2020
Competition: Mallorca Design Day.
Prize: National Interior Design Award.