After falling in love with the historical building that lay empty for over 40 years, interior designer Pascale Lauber worked with conservationists and co-owner of the hotel Ulrike Bauschke to uncover the mysteries of the multi-secular Palazzo Rosso and create an 11-bedroom hotel in the heart of Ostuni. Bringing Pascale’s vision to life exactly as she envisioned it was the biggest challenge. Every step of the project was carefully overseen, and whilst full of unexpected hurdles, these often resulted in spectacular discoveries.
The impressive cathedral ceilings were reconsolidated, eventually creating the remarkable sense of tranquillity and minimalism that now permeates each of the 11 rooms and suites. Not satisfied solely with these architectural wonders, Pascale individually decorated each room and suite with her trademark creative association of old and new art, objects and furnishings.
Functionality was also a crucial element of the hotel’s refurbishment. Determined to preserve the history of the building, the owners knew they would have to be creative to transform it into a working hotel. The unique bijou spa was created in the space that was once the palace’s former water chamber. Today the spa includes a hydromassage basin, a spa shower with chromotherapy, a Turkish bath, a Himalayan salt wall, a multi-sensory shower and a natural whirlpool dug into the ground.
Ultimately, an eclectic combination of traditional handcrafted techniques and contemporary flair saw the beautiful building finally transformed into a stunning hotel for guests to enjoy.