The Portrait Hotel Milano

  • Location
    Milan, Italy
  • Period
    January 2015 - Ongoing
  • Client
    Portrait Hotel / Ferragamo Group
  • Architect
    Michele De Lucchi Architects
  • Status


Portrait Milano, part of the Lungarno Collection hotel group founded by the Ferragamo family, makes its debut in Milan at the former Archiepiscopal Seminary at 11, Corso Venezia. Built in 1564 in a strategic central location, it is Europe’s oldest seminary and the world’s second oldest. This magnificent structure features a baroque entrance designed by Francesco Maria Richini in 1652, which leads to a 3,095m2 piazza framed by a double colonnaded loggia.

The project aims to breathe new life into this historic location by combining the hotel’s private purpose with the Piazza’s public identity.

RIMOND has been a part of the process since the beginning, assisting and supporting the family. We are actively involved in obtaining the required permits from the Milan Municipality and the Fine Arts Department.



Because it involves the restoration and renovation of a historic building, this project has been extremely difficult from a legal and regulatory standpoint. Furthermore, due to the project’s complexity, RIMOND team had to make numerous design changes throughout the construction process, which had an impact on the required permits.


RIMOND team developed a clear program strategy to ensure that all required permits were obtained on time for each phase of the project, as well as to address the various layout modifications.

Thanks to a collaborative effort and approach with the various entities involved, such as the S.U.E offices, the Municipality of Milan, and the Fine Arts department, we were able to obtain all of the necessary permits throughout the project development process.

We also proposed proactive architectural layout solutions to ensure adherence to building regulations while also improving the design.