[PDF] press conference – 25/04/2013

“This is first and foremost an urban design project. The hospital had closed off its properties to the city. It was important to reopen the site to the city. The “Panier” neighborhood is once again accessible. The Hôtel-Dieu is now on display along with its architectural heritage here in the Vieux-Port.” Anthony Béchu

INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE: MINERAL BEAUTY LOBBY The Mediterranean is constantly evoked by the the mineral expression of the city and its Calanques: in ceramic fish sculptures and the combed sandlike carpets.

Crossing the threshold into a space designed by Jean-Philippe, like the InterContinental Marseille – Hotel Dieu, is to experience a space in total harmony with its environment. You sense that every detail in the decorative elements, from the light to the colour, has been selected according to a procedure that follows “concentric circles”, from Marseille, to Provence, and then extends to all of France, but that’s not all… You also understand that all of the elements, both visible and invisible, of the decor and the interior architecture are notes in a sophisticated composition, which is none other than the atmosphere exuded by the site itself. When you enter this hotel, you will feel the heart of the city of Marseille beating in every element, no matter how slight. Each of your senses will feel harmony with the city and everything it represents.

Admire the work of master glassmaker Bernard Pictet; works that reflect the sparkling sea. Sculpted glass panels strategically positioned with regard to the entrance (imaginary windows overlooking the sea , drawing the gaze afar) and the glass ceiling with its view up toward the façade of the Hôtel-Dieu. The stone and slate tones echo the range of colours from the city, Notre- Dame de la Garde Basilica and the La Major Cathedral.

GASTRONOMIC RESTAURANT «ALCYONE» Created by the Béchu Agency and located on the East wing, the gastronomic restaurant has all the decorative characteristics associated with gastronomy. Decorated in warm, intimate tones where beige and brown predominate.

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