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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

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Almost eight years after architecture firm SANAA (Tokyo) released its renderings for the redesign of la Samaritaine (Paris), a completion date is finally in sight.

The large department store, which has been closed since 2005, is located between the Louvre and Notre-Dame.

Architects Édouard François and François Brugel are leading the project.

History of la Samaritine

The historic structure, originally build in 1869, was named after a water pump sculpture representing a Samaritaine—a Samaritan woman who embodies a Parisian tradition.

In 1905, architect Frantz Jourdain constructed the original building, known as Magasin No. 1 at la Samaritaine’s corner. Commonly known as the Jourdain Building, it serves as an illustration of Art Nouveau.

Soon after, architect Francis Gourdin was behind the addition of Magasin No. 2, and a little more a decade later, Henri Sauvage enlarged this structure, as well as designed the Art Deco facade that overlooks the riverside in 1928.

The la Samaritaine was again enlarged in the early 1930s, and later, the 10-story Magasin No. 3 would encompass several blocks. Magasin No. 4 was opened in the early 19th century, but its original facade was destroyed during World War II.

Throughout most of the 20th century, la Samaritaine would become the leading department store in Paris until its decline in the 1970s.

Between 1984 and 1989, a heritage restoration campaign was launched to restore the Art Nouveau decor and the glass roof. In 1990, the Magasin No. 2 and Magasin No. 3 were listed as Historical Monuments. And, in 1991, the entire building was listed as a World Heritage Site.

Acquired by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton in 2001, the French luxury-goods giant attempted more upgrades to the aging 11-story structure, but was forced to close the doors in 2005 due to safety reasons.

The Plan

The new la Samaritaine is projected to spread more than two blocks, embodying 70,000 square meters (roughly 753,474 square feet). And according to LVMH, has a projected 500-million-euro price tag (roughly $567.6 million). Once the complex is completed, it will include a department store, 96 social housing units, offices, cafes, a children’s nursery and a 72-room-hotel.

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The new la Samaritaine is projected to spread more than two blocks, embodying 70,000 square meters (roughly 753,474 square feet).

As part of the renovation project, all historic facades are being restored and a new facade is also being built by SANAA. Its rippling glass design develops a contrast between indoors and out, softening the size of the building behind it. The facade adjoins the 17th century residential buildings, which are to provide social housing, refurbished by Brugel.

Meanwhile, in the Henri Sauvage building, François will be transforming the structure into what will be the Cheval Blanc Hotel.

Set within one of the Jourdain-designed buildings, retail areas will be found under the glass-roofed atrium, complete with restored staircase. Additionally, other residencies are to be renovated in the other Jourdain building, where an early childhood center is to be located.

The renovation is slated to be complete by 2020 and will host up to 30,000 visitors daily. During the renovation, it is estimated that construction will create 4,400 jobs in the area.



Tagged categories: Architects; Architecture; AS; Asia Pacific; Building facades; Design; Design - Commercial; Designers; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); EU; Facade Maintenance Design; Historic Preservation; Historic Structures; Hotels; Maintenance + Renovation; Renovation

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