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Pritzker winners SANAA picked for LMVH hotel

LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA selected Japanese architecture firm SANAA, whose principals won the Pritzker Prize on March 28, to convert the vacant Parisian La Samaritaine department store into a hotel.

The architects will present plans for the development, which also includes commercial space, offices and housing, by year’s end, the Paris-based company said yesterday in an e-mailed statement.

LVMH, which also owns Le Bon Marche department store, acquired La Samaritaine in 2001 but the iconic department store was closed in 2005 after French officials deemed it a fire hazard. LVMH won approval in 2009 to retrofit the 141-year-old Art Nouveau structure into a hotel.

Japanese architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa founded Tokyo-based SANAA in 1995. SANAA’s previous projects include New York’s New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Toledo Museum of Art as well as the O-Museum and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, both in Japan.

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