Architecture & Design
Our Design Team - Safdie, Lissoni and Suleiman the Magnificent
Designed in collaboration with Alrov Luxury Hotels' vision and commitment to excellence and execution, and in partnership with world-renowned architects Moshe Safdie and Hall of Fame Piero Lissoni, Mamilla Hotel is an extraordinary venue offering style, exclusivity, retreat and comfort.
Moshe Safdie's appointment as Alrov Mamilla project architect, places the Mamilla Hotel and the overall Alrov Mamilla project amongst some of the most important and visually arresting developments in the world. Heeding Jerusalem law which dictates that all new construction utilizes Jerusalem Stone – a local limestone with a distinctive, light hue, designed to protect and respect the city’s precious architectural beauty – Safdie has created a stunning structure that emanates the characteristic shine of the stone, and in doing so has developed a true Jerusalem aesthetic that is both modern and in keeping with the very ancient walls and buildings next door.
"The Mamilla Hotel is a quintessentially urban place. It is a combination of historic buildings and contemporary architecture rising out of the network of alleys which connect the walled and the new cities of Jerusalem. It combines the pattern of the old with cutting edge modernity", says Safdie…. He continues, “It enjoys great views of the Old City and is designed to be in the center of action. The Rooftop Restaurant is bound to become one of Jerusalem's favorite meeting places”.
Piero Lissoni brings to the Mamilla a wealth of product and furniture design, interiors and architectural experience, all of which have firmly positioned him as one of the most globally respected and in-demand designers currently working. Working alongside Lissoni was Israeli architect Rona Levin. Lissoni has designed for a stellar list of brands including Boffi, Cassina, Kartell, Alessi, Livin Divani and Poltrona Frau, whilst key interiors and architectural projects include the Hotel Monaco and Grand Canal, the Mitzul Garden Hotel in Tokyo, store design for Ellie Tahari and new private residences at Dellis Cay for Mandarin Oriental. Lissoni’s signature paired-back, Italian minimalist aesthetic – a debut for a Jerusalem hotel – is magnificently contextualized and framed by the historic Jerusalem architecture, and through unique emboldening touches, producing an extraordinary result when housed in Safdie’s modern classic edifice.
"I spend more than 50 percent of the year on the road, and I use lots of different hotels", Lissoni explains. "Those that I choose reflect my tastes on a personal and human scale; the flowers, the smell and all the other little details. I'm not talking about fake sophistication, but the way I'm touched by a hotel, a smile, fresh fruit in the room; simple things. These ideas are what I have tried to realize in my work for the Mamilla Hotel."
Style has an indelible connection to architecture and interior design, and Moshe Safdie and Piero Lissoni have therefore coupled the unique culture of its location with flawless luxury.