SANAA reveals plans to redesign 'la samaritaine' in paris
SANAA reveals plans to redesign 'la samaritaine' in paris SANAA reveals plans to redesign 'la samaritaine' in paris
jun 24, 2011

SANAA reveals plans to redesign 'la samaritaine' in paris

kazuyo sejima and ryue nishizawa of pritzker prize-winning studio SANAA have released plans for the redesign of la samaritaine, paris. as announced last year, the historic 1869 structure is set to become a mixed-use development including commercial space, offices, and social housing. with construction set to begin next month, the building aims to revitalize the neighborhood’s economic and commercial environment while strengthening the residential character.

all images courtesy of SANAA | la samaritaine



upon completion in 2013, the vast and iconic landmark will feature an architectural identity lingering between creation and conservation, old and new. recognizing its importance in the historical landscape of the city, the design looks to above all, restore many of the original elements, including – where possible – the glass floor and the great exterior canopy.

new rue de rivoli entrance



a transparent, almost immaterial new facade on rue de rivoli contrasts the composition of varied and mismatched additions, its undulating and milky surface developing a dialogue between indoors and out, itself and the neighborhood. a repetitious vertical rhythm replicates the formal language of the existing structure, its gentle curves softening the monumental scale of the building itself.

inside new rue de rivoli entrance



stretching between the pont neuf and rue de rivoli, the development consists of 26,000 square meters of store space spread over three floors, social housing for 250 residents, a 60-child nursery, 20,000 square meters of private offices and a hotel with 80 mixed rooms and suites. an urban walk inside of the building allows for a smooth transition between each structure, its glazed surfaces filtering natural light into the heart of the unit.

shopping space within restored building

site plan

compound of buildings that compose the current structure

elevation along rue de l’arbre sec

elevation along rue de la monnaie


physical model

  • Wow! perfect…
    another excellent design. ♥ SANAA

    sabrina.w says:
  • So sorry about this design. Why they didn’t pay attention to the extraordinary avantgardic value of this building? I have impression that they start to reproduce same pattern…. I am quite bored of japanese white.

    nana says:
  • Sanaa is not the architect in charge of the building Quai du Louvre. Edouard François is the architect in charge of the renovation of the Henri Sauvage building and its transformation into a hotel –Cheval Blanc (for LVMH).
    The image showing the Quai du Louvre façade design and its renovation, submitted by SAANA, actually belongs to Edouard Francois and represents his work.

    archi says:
  • Interesting that the guide provided in the ‘Project House’ in the corner of the old Magasin La Samaritaine on rue de Rivoli says that Sanaa are the “whole site architect designers”! and does not mention at all Edouard François. I do wonder about the undulating glass facade to rue de Rivoli. They mention that it reproduces the Haussmanian rhythm! I recall Herzog and de Meuron were also in the running for this project. Did they make a proposal? I was not aware that full planning permits were granted. Is this the case?

    CE says:

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