The Social Hub Bologna | Rizoma Architetture

Bologna / Italy / 2020

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Bologna, given its geographical location, represents the natural crossroads between northern and southern Italy. The city, which boasts the oldest university in the world, as of today hosts more than 80,000 students from all over the world, and precisely because of its dynamism and multi-culturalism, it was chosen by The Social Hub to open its second facility in Italy, characterized by a new idea of hotel accommodation, with a hybrid formula open to both students and Italian and international tourists, as well as to the citizens of Bologna.


The Social Hub Bologna opened in the fall of 2020 in a strategic area of the city, in the Navile district, inside the former Telecom building, just 5 minutes from Bologna Centrale train station and the People Mover stop for the airport.


The hotel has an area of about 26,000 square meters and is equipped with 354 rooms, 61 percent of which are dedicated to students and 39 percent to other guests.


If the accommodation offer dedicated to guests is anything but traditional, what The Social Hub is able to offer the city of Bologna is quite extraordinary: a Creativity Hub among the most interesting in Europe equipped with spaces for food & beverage, work, meeting areas and cultural events. TSH is a hotbed of ideas and professions, thanks in part to the 400-square-meter Collab, the dedicated coworking space. The centerpiece of the Creativity Hub is the inner courtyard, a true “Italian piazza” open to the city, where cultural events, concerts, and conferences can be organized where the city’s own food and drink culture can be deepened inside The Commons restaurant.


TSH Bologna is a place that can represent the “new time” of the city: innovative, creative, welcoming, stubborn and eternally rebellious.


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The project involves the redevelopment of a former office building that has been converted to student housing.

From the energy point of view, the plants have been modernised according to the latest standards; on the building envelope the original features of the building have been preserved.

The interior project involved civil finishes Craddle to Craddle in particular with the use of vinyl flooring with recycled and recyclable raw materials.

Mainly Italian and Italian companies were selected for the furniture and for the interior civil finishes. The custom furniture was made by Italian companies within 200 km from the installation site.

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    Bologna, given its geographical location, represents the natural crossroads between northern and southern Italy. The city, which boasts the oldest university in the world, as of today hosts more than 80,000 students from all over the world, and precisely because of its dynamism and multi-culturalism, it was chosen by The Social Hub to open its second facility in Italy, characterized by a new idea of hotel accommodation, with a hybrid formula open to both students and Italian and international...

    Project details
    • Year 2020
    • Work started in 2016
    • Work finished in 2020
    • Client The Social Hub
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Neighbourhoods/settlements/residential parcelling / Adaptive reuse of industrial sites / Apartments / Hotel/Resorts / Tourist Facilities / Bars/Cafés / Restaurants / Interior Design / Lighting Design / Student Halls of residence / Furniture design
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