The future of landmark department store La Samaritaine, closed since 2005, is a little less in doubt, now that owner LVMH has secured a building permit for the 72-room Paris flagship of the conglomerate’s luxury Hôtel Cheval Blanc chain, which will occupy part of Samaritaine’s four-building complex. Architect Edouard François has been tapped to design the hotel, while the overall renovation project—to include shops, offices, a day-care nursery and low-income housing—will be handled by Sanaa, the Japanese architects of the Louvre’s annex in Lens.
International architects Kohn Pederson Fox Associates have just broken ground for France’s new Justice Ministry building, in the new Parc du Millénaire development on the northern edge of the city’s 19th arrondissement. The new building will group together divisions of the ministry now dispersed in several locations, but the headquarters, and the Minister’s own offices, will remain in their traditional location since the 18th century—the Hôtel de Bourvallais, a splendid private mansion, built in 1699, in the historic and prestigious Place Vendôme.
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