June 24, 2013

de l’Arsenal


The project for the future La Samaritaine complex, which obtained its building permits from Paris City Hall in December 2012, is now on show at the Pavillon de l’Arsenal in Paris. Through September 9, 2013, visitors will be able to take a close look at the plans and models of the landmark architectural project in the center of the French capital.

The SANAA firm, winner of the 2010 Pritzker Prize, is presenting its project for the 80,000 square meters of the Grand Magasins de la Samaritaine at a mecca of Parisian architecture, the Pavillon de l’Arsenal. The premises of La Samaritaine have been entirely remodeled to include commercial space, offices, social housing, a Cheval Blanc luxury hotel, and a day nursery.

The exhibition brings the public a better understanding of the remodeled building, a significant part of which is listed on the national landmark registry. It also sheds light on the big issues in contemporary urban planning, as the key focuses of the project are regeneration, mixed-use development, urban integration, and the conversion of existing buildings for new use.

Plans, cross sections and all-new images of the project, as well as a video showing the current state of the building, take visitors into the very heart of the unique building. Three scale models of the atriums and the façade on Rue de Rivoli, along with a fourth model made specially for the show, round out the immersive experience of the emblematic project, set for completion in 2016.

Key figures of the project:<br>80,000 square meters of existing surface area<br>24,600 square meters of commercial space<br>74% of façade surface conserved and renovated<br>72 rooms in the future Cheval Blanc luxury hotel <br>96 social housing units

Practical information:<br>Pavillon de l’Arsenal<br>21, Boulevard Morland<br>75004 Paris<br>www.pavillon-arsenal.com<br>Admission free.

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