[PDF] press conference – 25/04/2013

KEY FIGURES IN THE TRANSFORMATION

23,200 m2 5 ,000 m2 85

: total SURFACE INCLUDING

NEW BUILDINGS RENTAL UNITS ERECTED TO RECREATE A LINK WITH “THE PANIER” NEIGHBORHOOD AND ENSURE THAT THE SITE REMAINS PART OF THE INTRINSIC FABRIC OF THE CITY.

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OUTLETS AT STREET LEVEL BELOW RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS

parking spaces for the hotel and

SPACES FOR THE RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS

Transforming a local landmark from the past into the future RENOVATE BUT RESPECT THE HISTORY A thorough and highly detailed historical analysis was necessary to define the listed elements that had to be conserved and renovated as well as open areas where historical remains might be found. In this manner, excavations took place over 6 months beneath the garden of the Hôtel-Dieu. Accompanied by Mr. Bouillon, Architect for the “Bâtiments de France”, and by Mr. Jourdan, Regional Director of Cultural Affairs, the restoration of the façades, roofs and all classified parts was undertaken. This consisted in particular in placing struts and shoring, crucial to the protection of the building during the necessary renovation work carried out on the structure and on the skeleton of the building. Studies were conducted to locate the origin of the stones on the façade (Fontvieille and La Couronne) for the monumental staircases in order to restore them to their original aspect.

SEEKING THE ORIGINAL SPIRIT The terraces were entirely rebuilt, while the halflevels on the two wings were removed to restore the building to its former glory, particularly those parts of the building that now house the main suites. The restoration also restored the façades to their original aspect, the windows and French doors are identical to those in the 18th century drawings. The rear of the building, disfigured by extensions to the hospital in the 1960s, was the ideal place for the hotel car park, not marring in the slightest any history here. Thanks to the historical knowledge they had garnered,

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the architects from the AAAB and Tangram agencies were able to restore the central axis of the building, thus opening up a large esplanade that would house the hotel’s main entrance and forecourt.

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