6 July 2017
On 5 July, the iconic luxury Hôtel de Crillon, dominating Place de la Concorde in Paris, will reopen following a complex refit on a remarkable scale.
Now owned by a Saudi Arabian prince, this majestic building was formerly the private residence of the counts of Crillon and is a jewel of French 18th-century architecture, notably on account of its historic facade built in 1758 during the reign of Louis XV.
It has taken more than four years to restore this emblematic luxury Parisian hotel to its former splendour. The programme of refurbishment works, the goal of which was to obtain the highly-prized “palace” distinction, involved creating 148 rooms including 81 bedrooms, 33 suites and 10 grand apartments in place of the previous 124 suites, as well as a spa, a basement swimming pool lit by a skylight, and a second basement level housing all the technical equipment.
This rebirth is also the opportunity to inaugurate a new 28-seat gastronomic restaurant, an ultra-modern bar and a brasserie. At last but not least, the three listed reception rooms on the second floor and the hotel’s other historic features have been meticulously restored.
This large-scale transformation was overseen by the illustrious international architect Richard Martinet, and the interiors were designed by Aline Asmar d’Amman, Tristan Auer, Chahan Minassian, Cyril Vergniol and Karl Lagerfeld, who remained faithful to the spirit of the original hotel while adding a contemporary polish.
Launched in 2012, this project was a considerable challenge for the Artelia group. Teams from the Building Construction & Industrial Facilities sector coordinated the designs and supervised implementation of the works, and worked hand in hand with the group’s internal Planning & Organisation and Engineering units for the technical designs relating to HVAC and structures. During the busiest periods, more than 20 Artelia employees combined their skills in order to see this ambitious project through to completion.
It is a tremendous pleasure for the players involved in the project, including the participants from Artelia, to hand the keys to this iconic hotel back to its owner having completed a refurbishment fit for a palace!
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