Coming up in Paris…
Get ready for the summer
Whoever has come to Paris in the recent years, knows the French capital is undergoing a profound renovation. The theme of all the changes is to make Paris a better place to live in, a more innovative and sustainable city.
You definitely should plan on visiting La Samaritaine, this Art -Deco building facing the Seine that was bought by LVMH. After a decade of closure- its frescoes, the staircase and the glass roof have been restored. Let’s get back in time: in the years 1900 Paris sought to modernize its city landscape. Some monuments emerged such as department stores. Unlike traditional distribution, there was no bargaining, customers were offered a letter of credit, sales took place in summer and winter... Founded by a couple of salesmen, Cognacq and Jay, the Grand Magasin was ahead of his competitors the Galeries Lafayette or Le Printemps. It reached its golden age in the 60’s and its slogan used to be: “You can find pretty everything at the Samaritaine.” Later on, it became non-profitable and eventually it closed its doors for safety reasons.
The theme of all the changes is to make Paris a better place to live in, a more innovative and sustainable city.
A brand-new version of Samaritaine is waiting for you. The department store will be home to fashion designers, over 600 brands will be present on spot. In addition, it will include a boutique hotel “Le Cheval Blanc” boasting a 650-meter squared terrace. The hotel will have a gastronomic restaurant run by Chef Arnault Donckele as well as a luxury spa with an indoor swimming pool. Surprisingly enough the building will host a kindergarten, some offices and even housing units. The project that was entrusted to the Japanese agency Sanaa should create more than 2000 jobs. Last of all, for your comfort the new Samaritaine will have 40 lifts which the worldwide brand Otis built! When is the department store expected to open? End of May 2021!
La Bourse de Commerce
The restoration of another monument of Paris could contribute to its international standing: La Bourse de Commerce. Located half a mile away from the Banque de France headquarters- exactly the place where the gold reserve is being kept, it was used as a former corn exchange before being relocated to the Palais Brongniart (Paris Stock Exchange). You can’t help being impressed by this classical building topped with a cupola and whose portico is massive. Nevertheless, I doubt you will guess what purpose the Bourse is serving now...
If you happen to spot a restaurant on the 3rd floor, you are not hallucinating. Michel Bras will operate as a chef here. It will be home to an auditorium as well containing 300 spectators and the Bouroullec Brothers designed the interior furnishings.
La Mairie de Paris
The Mairie de Paris and the business tycoon François Pinault spotted the building in 2016. They chose to convert it to a nerve and culture center. Thus, they collaborated with the Japanese architect Tadao Ando who had conducted the construction of the Palazzo Grassi. How did he intend to give the place its luster back? Listen to his words: “By nesting new spaces within it, while respecting the memories of the city engraved in its walls, I will transform the building’s entire interior into a space for contemporary art. The theme here, once again, is to create a building that connects the past with the present and the future.” The new museum which spans over 3000 square meters is home to the greats and its opening was originally planned end of January 2021.