LA SAMARITAINE TODAY
Following a renovation project that was extraordinary in both scope and complexity, La Samaritaine will unveil a resolutely contemporary neighborhood that engages with the multiple facets of Parisian life.
La Samaritaine will once again be an animated place synonymous with sharing, discovery and memorable experiences for both Parisians and visitors from France and other countries. They will come to stay in the world’s most beautiful city center hotel, to revel in the spirit of Paris, to enjoy the atmosphere and heritage of an iconic department store, or to live or work in an exceptional setting.
Inspiring, vibrant and authentic, La Samaritaine embodies a quintessentially French savoir-faire and art de vivre. This vision arcs beyond simple commercial ambitions, reflecting a desire to anchor a resolutely contemporary Paris neighborhood and reveal the soul of a place designed to welcome everyone.
As the owner of this landmark building, the LVMH Group, through its Maisons, will operate the site. Maison Cheval Blanc has been selected for the hotel and DFS, the world’s leading luxury travel retailer, will operate the department store, which has become La Samaritaine Paris-Pont-Neuf.
The vast renovation project – representing an investment of 700 million euros – ensures the long-term preservation of a remarkable architectural heritage, creating a prime commercial location and a thriving multi-use urban site.
This project has called on the best talents and an active partnership with the city of Paris to conceive a sustainable future for the site, maintain the 2,400 jobs created, and energize the attractiveness of the center of the French capital.
La Samaritaine has reinvented itself as a place open to the city, inviting all visitors to discover a true jewel of Parisian heritage.
The Japanese architectural firm Sanaa and its two partners Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa – winners of the prestigious 2010 Pritzker Architecture Prize – were selected for the La Samaritaine project. The firm has designed the Dior store in Tokyo for the LVMH group, as well as the Louvre-Lens museum.
Working alongside them were Jean-François Lagneau, head architect for France’s Historical Monuments bureau, who was in charge of overseeing all restoration work on heritage elements, SRA Architectes for project execution, and François Brugel, the architect for the public housing units and crèche.
Reconfiguration of the Sauvage building, where the Maison Cheval Blanc is located, was entrusted to the OAL agency, under the direction of Edouard François. The hotel’s interior design has been created by American interior architect Peter Marino.
Closely monitored restoration work
Located within a World Heritage site, and in view of several celebrated historical monuments, the Seine-side block – itself classified as a historical monument in its entirety – includes the buildings constructed by Frantz Jourdain and Henri Sauvage that stand out as iconic examples of Art Nouveau and Art Deco architecture in Paris. Renovating such precious heritage sites requires a special array of skills, to ensure that the right choices are made, and that the quality of restoration work is carefully monitored.
The diagnostic work and heritage classification studies used as a basis for identifying the items to be conserved and for determining the restoration protocol were supervised by Jean-François Lagneau, Historical Monuments Architect.
Specialist engineering consultancies and laboratories such as C2RMF (the French museums research and restoration center) have been involved throughout the project.
The project case file was examined, and project execution monitored, by a national heritage architect (Architecte des Bâtiments de France) and a custodian of historical monuments (Conservateur des Monuments Historiques) to ensure the overall quality of the project, and oversee the restoration work from a scientific and technical perspective.