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Bachmann Associés updates grand Mont Blanc lodge for modern-day


Naked brick and concrete are uncovered on this renovation of a grand lodge on the foot of Mont Blanc by French structure observe Bachmann Associés.

Set within the ski resort of Chamonix, La Folie Douce Hôtel Chamonix occupies the previous Savoy Palace – an 18,000-square-metre Belle Époque constructing with 250 rooms and 5 eating places that was initially constructed in 1904.

Velvet chaise longue in front of painting in La Folie Douce Hôtel Chamonix
La Folie Douce Hôtel Chamonix is ready within the renovated Savoy Palace lodge

Within the Twenties, the lodge hosted lavish balls and tennis tournaments. But it surely later fell into disrepair and was deserted by French journey operator Membership Med in 2018 after it acknowledged that “the positioning merely not meets our standards“.

Commissioned by the lodge’s new operators – lodge teams La Folie Douce and Les Hôtels Très ParticuliersBachmann Associés wished to reconnect the lodge with its opulent heritage and create areas that might attraction to an “eclectic clientele”.

Lounge with cosy furnishings in Modern chandeliers above grand atrium in hotel by Bachmann Associés
Concrete and brick are uncovered all through the inside

The Dinard-based studio, based by architects Christophe Bachmann and Jérôme Gesret, left lots of the lodge’s partitions and ceilings deliberately tough, utilizing lighting to intensify any cracks and uneven textures.

These uncooked surfaces are contrasted with opulent vintage furnishings and finishes, together with velvet-upholstered chaises longues, bespoke patterned carpets and brass fixtures.

Modern chandeliers above grand atrium in La Folie Douce Hôtel Chamonix
Trendy fixtures exchange old-school chandeliers within the atrium

Within the public areas, darkish and intimate areas are alternated with beneficiant light-filled rooms blessed with expansive Alpine views.

Within the foyer, partitions and false ceilings have been stripped out to create a grand atrium with a sweeping staircase and a collection of latest suspension lights that exchange the lodge’s old style chandeliers.

On the primary flooring, a cocktail lounge referred to as Le Janssen is anchored by a brass-fronted bar and surrounded by arched floor-to-ceiling home windows.

“For this venture, we had an thrilling playground,” Gesret and Bachmann defined. “It was demanding as a result of we needed to convey an previous palace again to life by fully reinventing the codes of the traditional lodge business. However that’s actually what appealed to us.”

“We actually wish to shake up and reinvent locations and we had a number of enjoyable exploiting the volumes, imagining areas of freedom and conviviality within the very spirit of La Folie Douce.”

Brass bar in La Folie Douce Hôtel Chamonix
The cocktail lounge has a brass-fronted bar

With the same intention, Snøhetta just lately up to date one other Belle Époque lodge set in a tiny mountain village in Norway, whereas Roman and Williams transformed a historic London police station into the first worldwide outpost from American hospitality chain NoMad.

The pictures is by Gaelle Le Boulicaut.

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