Major refurbishment to the glamourous Park Hotel Imperial, located in Limone on the shore of Lake Garda, Italy, challenged designers as building aesthetics play a big role in creating luxurious accommodation for guests
The hotel features glass elements extensively, inside and out, and the designer of the re-model chose to use two Pilkington products extensively in the project – Pilkington Optiwhite™ low-iron, extra clear glass and Pilkington Mirropane™ Chrome Plus toughenable mirror.
By using Pilkington Optiwhite™, the features have an almost colourless appearance, lending a cleaner and more contemporary feel to the design. The balcony glazing is screen printed with a white fade, the low-iron glass ensured the white colour of the paint applied to the glass shines out to maximum effect.
Pilkington Mirropane™ Chrome Plus, a toughenable mirror product, was used to integrate mirrored elements such as mirrored shower doors.The product can be toughened, significantly increasing its strength, the metal hinges and handles could be fixed directly to the glass, allowing a frameless minimalist look.
Pilkington Mirropane™ Chrome Plus also has a corrosion-resistant coating, making it ideal for use in a bathroom by helping to prevent the mirror being damaged by frequent exposure to humidity.
Leo Pyrah, product manager at Pilkington UK, said: “The hotel is a superb showcase for these two products, demonstrating how high-quality glazing combined with tasteful design can help lend a sense of luxury to a building. The view over the lake is arguably the hotel’s most notable feature, and our low-iron extra clear glass will make sure it can be enjoyed in all its glory by guests with absolutely minimal distortion or discoloration.”