matali crasset: hi matic hotel in paris
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may 12, 2011
matali crasset: hi matic hotel in paris

‘HI MATIC hotel’ in paris by matali crasset

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designboom was recently in paris where we had the opportunity to
pre-view matali crasset’s HI MATIC hotel
the most recent of her on-going collaboration with patrick elouarghi and philippe chatelet.
located in the young, creative district of rue charonne, where design, fashion, bookshops and organic restaurants rein,
the design of the urban eco-lodging facility seeks to establish a new dialogue between itself, the visitors and the neighborhood.

100% internet based, the hotel is void of all traditional concierge and staff members. a unique code provided at the time of reservation
gives access to the building and to computers where visitors check in, pay and receive their room key, all on their own.

the aim was to keep the hotel fuss free and simple. emphasizing this concept and approach further are vending machines –
located in the lobby and basement – where organic food, books, music and playful objects can be purchased 24 hours a day.

paris map, networked with suggestions from some of the city’s most creative people
image courtesy of HI MATIC

bright, cocoon-like spaces encourage gatherings and conviviality, with large communal tables and cabin-esque seating modules.
contemporary in its layout, the hotel seeks to meet the current and urban needs of young, creative and adventurous travelers.
a large map of paris consumes one wall in the entry of the hotel, providing suggestions for venues, restaurants and shops from
some of the most influential creatives in the city. downstairs, an organic breakfast is available from early-mid morning,
with self-serve coffee machines and large crates of fruit. rubber,
wood and metal are used throughout the communal spaces in
and contrasting ways. ecological and sustainably aware, the materials respond to environmental issues while still
remaining warm, tactile and comfortable.

tables in the lobby
image courtesy of HI MATIC

you move in with all the autonomy and freedom.
if you wish – you are never alone, it is easy to meet friends in a new community, people with whom you can share
experiences and tips about the city. a hotel to rest, and catch your breath before plunging back into the urban rhythm.


message boards in the lobby display events and announcements

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check in stations
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the check in stations are outfitted to accept a range of cards, print the bill and give visitors their room key
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details of the check in stations
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lobby with module, cabin-like seating, WIFI is available

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in the lobby – seating cabanne and ‘store’ vending machine
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the store sells books, flip flops, music and playful objects
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‘crumpled city’ map
for sale in the vending machine 

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image courtesy of HI MATIC

overall with vending machine
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organic breakfast is offered from very early in the morning until 11 am. for late sleepers there is the option to buy fruit, coffee etc. from the vending machines
image courtesy of HI MATIC

exterior facade
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details of windows, entry pad and door buttons

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the new project of the HI life group want to shake up conventional hotel business codes: you book online, receive a door code,
then you proceed to DIY check in and payment and automatically receive a receipt and a room door card…

ideally situated between nation and bastille, near place de la république, opera bastille and gare de lyon train station,
the small, modern and eco-friendly concept hotel HI MATIC
boasts a privileged location from which you can experience paris.
on 5 floors it offers 42 rooms for single or double occupancy. room rates are accessible (but it is NOT a budget or a low cost hotel).
HI MATIC is currently operating at partial capacity for its soft opening.
until completion, (double) rooms are available from approximately 100 euros per night.
regular prices are expected to run around 130 – 160 euros per night once the hotel is fully operational.

stay tuned for part two of our coverage — the beautiful rooms.

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