Giudecca, 810 -Venezia 30133 - Italy
Tel. +39 041 272 3311 Fax +39 041 272 3308
The creation of the Molino Stucky complex, situated in Venice on the Giudecca Island, is due to Giovanni Stucky, a businessman of Venetian origin born in Switzerland. In 1833, having acquired a certain experience of mills abroad, he understood the enormous potentialities of wheat water transport, much faster and quicker than ground transport. He was successful.
In the structure, totally made of bricks, up to 250 tons of flour a day were milled by 1500 workers, working 24 hours a day; for this reason, in 1895 the structure had to be enlarged. The works were entrusted to architect Ernest Wullekopf, whose famous neo-gothic façade remained the symbol of Italian industrial architecture for more than a century.
Stucky's fortune lasted until 1910, when the businessman was murdered by one of his workers. His son Giancarlo did not succeed in managing his huge inheritance, also because of the new competition from railway transport. The equipment became obsolete and he was forced to close the activity in 1955, since he had not been able to find other ways of using it over the years.
Abandoned for years, the structure was taken over by Acqua Pia Antica Marcia, to recover the old industrial area leaving the neo-gothic architecture unchanged, and transforming it into a 5 star luxury hotel to be managed by Hilton.
The project involves the creation of a residential area and a big conference centre for 2000 people, developed on 7500 sq m. The complex has two different areas: a vertical area, including the former mill, the flour storage buildings, the silos and former offices, will be reserved for hotel and residential use; a series of lower buildings, the former pasta factory, will become the conference centre. The whole area covers 31000 sq m.
The hotel opened on 1st June 2007. It features 380 rooms on 8 floors, a terrace, a tearoom, a fitness centre, a steam room with whirlpool, a solarium, an exclusive beautyfarm, meeting rooms, restaurants and bars. The top floor houses the charming skybar and a panoramic swimming pool overlooking the old part of the town. Naturally, there are exclusive rooms and the prestigious Presidential Suite with terrace on the former mill’s tower, with “VIP” lift connecting it with the main hall. Molino Stucky has all the credentials to become a point of reference for the Italian hotel system.