Henri will take care of the smart control and audiovisual installation of the hotel Cheval Blanc at La Samaritaine, Paris.
Designing “the most beautiful urban hotel in the world”: that was the challenge laid down by Cheval Blanc to La Samaritaine, in the words of Jean-Jacques Guiony, its Chairman.
In this symbol of Parisian history, which is currently being rebuilt, Cheval Blanc will occupy the heritage building designed by Henri Sauvage in the 1920s. This Art Deco gem will be renovated and redesigned by Edouard François and Peter Marino, two highly reputed architects.
With 72 bedrooms, breathtaking views over the capital, an exceptional range of restaurants and a garden terrace above the building’s famous glass rooftop, Cheval Blanc will offer an exceptional hotel experience.
HENRI is very proud to have been chosen to realize the entire home automation and audiovisual installation of the project: smart control and audio of the rooms and suites, IPTV distribution, lighting management and music diffusion in common areas.
This is the result of a long collaboration with the LVMH group: After the renovation of the Cheval Blanc Palace in Courchevel, Henri has also worked in the Cheval Blanc Saint-Tropez, which opened in May 2019.
« We measure the privilege of working with the LVMH group as we share the same values of innovation and excellence. The Cheval Blanc Paris is a very ambitious project, and the ideal setting to fully exploit our know-how. The whole team is very excited about this new project. »,
Michael Sherman, Managing Director, HENRI.
About Cheval Blanc
Cheval Blanc revisits the prestigious tradition of French hospitality through its collection of one-of-a-kind Maisons: cozy in size, uncompromising in privacy, lavish, designed to deliver the luxury of time amongst family or friends.
— Palace Cheval Blanc, Courchevel —
Since the 2006 opening of its first Maison in Courchevel, Cheval Blanc has been offering contemporary and refined hospitality that presents an entirely new concept of high-end luxury hotels. Beyond the exceptional surroundings, spacious living areas and high-end facilities, Cheval Blanc is outstanding in its customized approach to services, which are tailored to suit the individual needs and expectations of each guest.
— Hotel Cheval Blanc, Maldives —
In Courchevel, the Maldives, Saint-Barthélemy, Saint-Tropez and soon in Paris, Cheval Blanc applies this approach through its four founding values, which are craftsmanship, exclusive, privacy, creativity and Art de Recevoir (i.e. art of hospitality). The Maisons are exclusive havens of refinement, designed as “limited editions”. They call upon the treasures of talent and imagination to make each stay a unique and unforgettable experience. Here, French art de vivre, the ultimate expression of both sophistication and conviviality, is further enhanced, going beyond guests’ expectations.
— Palace Cheval Blanc, Saint-Barthélemy —
Culinary experiences, exclusive events, signature fragrances and à la carte Cheval Blanc Spa treatments make them a subtle showcase of the LVMH Group’s savoir-faire. This is our way of creating the special alchemy that happens when you combine a magical destination, local character, and the experience of hospitality at its purest.
The entire team is trained in the art of French hospitality and is devoted to satisfying the most demanding requests. They look after them with efficiency and respect; their attention to detail is faultless. They also share the same determination to express originality, elegance or humor in their approach to service, giving the Maisons the feel of a home away from home and making guests want to return or perhaps experience one of Cheval Blanc’s other destinations…
— Hotel Cheval Blanc, Saint-Tropez —
About La Samaritaine
La Samaritaine, a much-loved iconic edifice situated in the heart of Paris, is undergoing a bold and innovative renovation project in preparation for its much-anticipated renaissance.
Founded in 1870 by Ernest Cognacq and Louise Jaÿ, la Samaritaine evokes the modernized Paris of Baron Haussmann and the Second Empire, an era which saw the emergence of the city’s first department stores. Single, clearly displayed prices, the opportunity to wander the aisles and try on clothes… the principles that la Samaritaine applied to shopping would revolutionize traditional distribution. Ideally situated between the Louvre and Notre-Dame, the department store has risen to the rank of architectural monument with its harmonious mix of Art Nouveau and Art Deco.
— The new frontage by Henri Sauvage, Seine side of the second Department Store (1926-28) —
Since it closed for safety reasons in 2005, La Samaritaine has revealed its new ambitions with a large-scale renovation project which adheres to an innovative environmental approach. The new Samaritaine places diversity of every kind, a concept dear to the store’s founders, at the heart of its raison d’être: diversity of function, of architectural forms, of construction methods, as well as social and intergenerational diversity.
As such, several activities will be grouped together within the buildings that are spread over two blocks between the Quai du Louvre and the Rue de Rivoli. After nearly 30 months of renovation, a department store, a 5-star Cheval Blanc hotel with 72 rooms, 96 social housing units, offices and a crèche will open their doors.
The new Samaritaine architectural ambition is to restore and enhance a heritage that is registered on France’s Inventaire Supplémentaire des Monuments Historiques. Entrusted to the Japanese agency Sanaa, 2010 Pritzker Prize, the architectural design returns to the original inspiration of the architects Frantz Jourdain, and later Henri Sauvage.
All the historic building’s facades have their luster back after the restoration of the dilapidated parts. In the Rue de l’Arbre-Sec, Frantz Jourdain’s multi-colored enameled tiles, currently hidden beneath a stone-colored wash, will be renovated. With its glass roof, which has been rebuilt following the original 1905 structure, its monumental staircase and its renovated Art Nouveau decor, the Jourdain Hall will be restored to its former glory. In the Rivoli section, the seventeenth century apartment blocks in the Rue de l’Arbre-Sec will be refurbished to provide social housing.
Here at the beginning of the twenty-first century, the renovation of la Samaritaine constitutes, along with the Fondation Louis Vuitton, one of the biggest architectural projects in Europe and will contribute to Paris’ international standing. The project is entirely run and financed by la Samaritaine, a subsidiary of the LVMH group.
LVMH Hotel Management
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