hi matic hotel paris: an urban ecolodge
hi matic hotel paris: an urban ecolodge hi matic hotel paris: an urban ecolodge
sep 28, 2011

hi matic hotel paris: an urban ecolodge

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designboom published a preview article for the ‘hi-matic hotel’ in paris designed by matali crasset before its official opening. the concept of the ‘urban ecolodge’ is to provide a hotel with heightened sustainability awareness within the heart of the city, a practical and accessible accommodation which mixes urban amenities with a countryside bed and breakfast, driven by strong ecological values.

during paris design week 2011, we returned to the now opened and running hotel to verify for ourselves if the hi-matic is truly living up to its environmental standards. we were pleasantly surprised with how efficiently this hotel combines ecological sustainability together with comfort and warmth at affordable rates.

so why is the hi-matic so ecological?

– the implemented materials are natural and untreated

– energy saving lighting along with water reducing taps are set in place

– no chemicals are used within the lodging facilities, only ecological cleaning products and agents

– staff uniforms are produced by ethically aware brands

– non-toxic paints in bold colors decorate the hotel’s walls

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posters and notes throughout the hotel remind guests to be aware, providing suggestions to contribute and do their part towards helping the environment within their private living quarters: – use the lift only if very tired – turn water off while brushing your teeth – re-use towels – be moderate with air-conditioning – don’t leave the television on stand-by mode

outside of their room and within communal spaces, guests are asked to: – use recycle bins in the hall – try eating organic even after your breakfast – use the velib bicycle sharing system for your visit in paris – use green taxis for your transfers – share this message with your friends

lunch-room style dining table image © designboom

a simple breakfast consisting of 100% organic fruits and foods is on offer for hotel lodgers.

dining area image © designboom

breakfast tray image © designboom

entry to hotel room image © designboom

view of sleeping quarters from the entry door image © designboom

storage shelves border the bed image © designboom

sleeping quarters image © designboom

clothes rack image © designboom

(left) bathroom (right) passage to bathroom images © designboom

suggested yoga poses for exercise within the hotel room image © designboom

  • Disposable plastic knife and fork and a paper napking in a plastic bag ? A serving size butter package? One pot (again serving size) of jam for every custumer? it may be pretty, it may be organic it may be everyting but ECO-LOGICAL

    sick and tired of modern statements says:
  • eco-jail

    dadap says:
  • Eco-kindergarten/scary hospital.
    Looks pre-fab/mono-cult. Why not make a “lodge” for travelers from what Paris throws away rather than pre-fab scary set pieces and airline industry ideas of “eco”? This is dreck.

    TiskkerDu says:
  • I stayed here earlier in the year. The breakfast may look airline, but far better quality than any airline.
    Whole hotel is simple and basic, but so calm and by far best affordable hotel I’ve ever stayed at in Paris.

    steve says:
  • It looks like the “disposable knife and fork” are wood, not plastic, cheaper and more sustainable, but still not ideal, and the plastic bags may or may not be “Cornstarch” plastic. I like the idea, but when using that much “stuff” it is usually considered more “ecological” to use more robust materials and actually WASH UP.

    It’s a nice idea, but frankly it looks like the inside of a kindergarten, I don’t think they could pay me enough to endure the headaches.

    FRED says:
  • Bio in a plastic Bag?
    So superficial!

    Gumoge says:

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