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Design Hotels 2014 #6 Molitor, Paris

Molitor i Paris er en arkitektonisk perle, men hvad der engang havde været Paris’ mest populære og avant-garde svømmehal endte næsten sine dage som en ruin. Siden indvielsen i 1929 og i de kommende 69 år, var Molitor den mest populære pool i den franske hovedstad med både svømmere og poseurs – bikinien blev faktiske populariseret her – dårlig vedligeholdelse førte til lukning i 1989. De første planer for ombygningen var at nedrive og bygge et nyt hotel og forvandle den eksisterende pool til en parkeringsplads. Heldigvis druknede denne idé, og i 2007 inviterede borgmesteren arkitekter indenfor for oplæg til et renoveringsprojekt.

Spol frem til i dag og den vindende idé står nu klar til at åbne. Sebastian Bizet førte et team af designere, der omfattede interiør arkitekt Jean Philippe Nuel, hvis tanke var at gendanne så mange af de oprindelige funktioner som muligt, men stadig føre bygningen ind i et moderne 2014. Resultatet er fantastisk. Og selvom Molitor hotel ikke ligger synderlig centralt i Paris, så er det bestemt turen værd.

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Molitor in Paris is an architectural treasure, but what had once been Paris’ most popular and avant-garde swimming pool almost ended its days as a ruin. Since its inauguration in 1929 and over the next 69 years Molitor was the most popular pool in the French capital with both swimmers and poseurs alike – the bikini was actually popularized here – poor maintenance led to the closure in 1989. Initial plans for the redevelopment was to demolish and build a new hotel and transform the existing pool to a parking lot. Fortunately this idea drowned, and in 2007 the mayor invited architects submissions for a renovation project.

Fast-forward to today and the winning idea is now ready to open. Sebastian Bizet led a team of designers that included interior architect Jean Philippe Nuel, the idea was to recover as many of the original features as possible, but still maintain a modern hotel anno 2014. The result is fantastic. And although Molitor hotel is not located in particular central Paris, it’s definitely worth the trip.

BUNGALOW5 MOLITOR AGENCE NUEL BY CHRISTOPHE DUGIED

Bungalow5 Molitor Hotel by Gilles Trillard 004

Bungalow5 Molitor Hotel by Gilles Trillard 003

Bungalow5 Molitor Hotel by Joyce Attali

Bungalow5 Molito Bassin hiver by Alexandre S

Bungalow5 Molitor Hotel by Gilles Trillard 002

Photography © Agence Nuel – Gilles Trillard & Joyce Attali

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