la samaritaine department store renovation by SANAA opens in paris

la samaritaine department store renovation by SANAA opens in paris

following 16 years of extensive renovation work, ‘la samaritaine’ reopens to the public in the heart of paris. the art nouveau building was first inaugurated in 1910, with an art deco extension following in 1928. due to safety reasons, the department store was closed in 2005, and now, nearly a century after its first construction, the building reopens its doors with a splendid renovation that marries original architectural features with contemporary interventions. the extensive work includes a new undulating glass-clad structure designed by SANAA, and luxurious light-filled interiors redesigned by yabu pushelberg.

la samaritaine department store renovation by SANAA opens in paris

 

 

breathing new life into the 19th century architecture, SANAA renovated the art nouveau building and created patios to bring in skylights. the japanese studio, led by architects kazuyo sejima and ryue nishizawa, also designed the contemporary structure on the rivoli side of the department store. articulated by irregular waves of glass, this new intervention provides the obvious contemporary element of the project while literally reflecting the parisian surroundings. 343 panels measuring 2.7 x 3.5 meters each make up this undulating elevational treatment.

la samaritaine department store renovation by SANAA opens in paris

 

 

on the pont-neuf side of the department store, the emblematic art nouveau façade was carefully restored alongside the stunning glass roof and eiffel structure. canadian studio yabu pushelberg was in charge of redesigning the interiors of the art nouveau building, which is now called the pont-neuf building. careful to preserve the original architecture, the designers sought to bridge past with present by highlighting the original structures while bringing their contemporary approach. 

la samaritaine department store renovation by SANAA opens in paris

 

 

the grand staircase that occupies the center of the pont-neuf building has been renovated, with special attention paid to the 16,000 gold leaves, the art nouveau ceramic under the landings, and the 270 original oak steps. in terms of new materials, yabu pushelberg incorporated terrazzo to echo the shape of parisian cobblestones. from the basement floor to the fifth floor, shoppers to the newly reopened la samaritaine can enjoy a warm, luminous, and luxurious retail experience.
 
 
see designboom’s previous coverage of the renovation here.
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la samaritaine department store renovation by SANAA opens in paris

la samaritaine department store renovation by SANAA opens in paris

la samaritaine department store renovation by SANAA opens in paris

la samaritaine department store renovation by SANAA opens in paris

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la samaritaine department store renovation by SANAA opens in paris

la samaritaine department store renovation by SANAA opens in paris

la samaritaine department store renovation by SANAA opens in paris

la samaritaine department store renovation by SANAA opens in paris

la samaritaine department store renovation by SANAA opens in paris

 

 

 

project info:

 

name: la samaritaine

location: paris, france

owner: LVMH

management and design: DFS

architecture and interior design: SANAA, yabu pushelberg, hubert de malherbe, ciguë, atelieramo

year: 2021

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