Interested in alternative hospitality in Milan? Then check out the design hostel at BASE Milano, in the cradle of creativity that is Zona Tortona.
BASE itself is a dynamic arts centre occupying 6000 square metres of redeveloped premises in the former Ansaldo steelworks. casaBASE is its new hostel, no-frills but superbly decked out in a compelling fusion of contemporary design and mid-1900s vintage.
It has just 10 rooms, double or quadruple and with or without their own bathrooms (and some are periodically reserved for artists and designers involved in the centre’s activities) at prices ranging from €35 to €125.
The rooms themselves are light-and-airy and largely furnished with custom-designed and artisan-produced wooden pieces by Mezzo Atelier or Leftover – though seating is supplied by Vitra. Pale wood flooring matches the furniture.
Spacious common areas reveal a different, retro spirit: if more contemporary pieces from Vitra adorn these too, the prevailing theme is ‘50s and ‘60s, the colour palette is bold, and floors are in traditional Sicilian stoneware.
Behind these engaging interiors are the designers of h+ , one of BASE’s founding partners, directed by Stella Orsini.
You could just sleep at casaBASE, but it’s also conceived, interestingly, as a place to think, study, create and compare notes with other creatives in the BASE Milano community.