Hotel Milano Scala


To say that creating Milan’s first zero-emission hotel in a historical mansion dating back to the

1800s was ambitious is an understatement. Of the original building only the ornate façade and

the characteristic courtyard structure were retained – everything else was gutted and built from

scratch. Between 2007 and 2010, €13 million was spent on creating a truly modern green hotel

which – thanks to its reliance on state-of-the-art electrical networks – produces zero CO2. An

automated system controls the energy consumption and temperature for each room while a

combination of naturally hot water from the aquifer of Milan and extremely efficient water-to-water

heat pumps keeps hot water costs to a minimum. The company car is electric; many of the

vegetables come from the terrace gardens…the list goes on. The refurbishment will take 6 years

to pay for itself, but the owners have no regrets as they are well on their way to achieving their goal

of being “beautiful, unique and good.”