LVMH received building permits on December 18th, 2012 for conversion of the La Samaritaine complex. The iconic department store on Paris’ Right Bank had to close for an extended period in June 2005 for safety reasons. La Samaritaine will now be renovated as part of a major project that will revitalize the surrounding area.
The leitmotif for this exciting project is "diversity", which will define the identity of the new Samaritaine from every perspective. The project integrates diversity of function, diversity of architecture and approaches to construction, as well as social and generational diversity.
The renovation—which will span some 70,000 square meters, or over 750,000 square feet—is inspired by a bold architectural, environmental and urban development vision. The multi-used complex will include commercial space, offices, affordable housing, a crèche and a Cheval Blanc luxury hotel (LVMH Group).
The SANAA architecture firm was appointed in 2010 to renovate and rebuild La Samaritaine, selected on the strength of their vision for integrating the new Samaritaine in the urban landscape. The firm was founded in 1995 by Japanese architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa and won the prestigious Pritzker Prize in 2010. La Samaritaine is scheduled to reopen in 2016.