The new Samaritaine

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 by Frantz Jourdain et Henri Sauvage / Paris, France


The new Samaritaine, an innovative architecture 

Located in the center of Paris, next to the Louvre and the Pont-Neuf, in front of the Ile-de-la-Cité, the Samaritaine is in current reorganization and construction. Work of the two major architects, Frantz Jourdain and Henri Sauvage, the Iconic Department store with its Art nouveau and Art Déco façades, is listed as a historical monument. Closed in 2005 for safety reasons, the Samaritaine will open in 2019 as a mixed use site including a new department store with restaurants, cafés and brasseries, luxury hotel, offices, hundred apartments for social housing and a crèche.

The refurbishment involving 70,000 m2 will go along with a new inspiring façade, double glass skin finely chiselled, crystalline and immaterial, on rue de Rivoli, enhancing the facades and decor of the historical Samaritaine, completely renovated. The project is conceived by the Japanese agency Saana, Pritzker Prize 2010, whose aim was to open the site on the City by series of 3 patios, each different in its design and guiding the visitor from Rivoli towards The Seine through the magnificent hall under the canopy rebuilt as in 1907.

Fluidity, light, softness,.. the new identity of the Samaritaine between the enhancement of heritage and architectural creation, is also a balanced work with the surroundings of site and the history of the building.