Parisian twins create an impact

Nick Myall
06 Sep 2016

Arte Charpentier Architectes has designed two landmark hotels for the Accor group in Paris

Near Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle airport, the Roissypôle business district offers more than 230,000 sq m of offices and 2,200 hotel rooms. As air traffic keeps growing and the construction of a fourth terminal is planned, Roissypôle’s development is in full swing. Winner of a March 2011 competition hosted by the Paris Airports, on a 4,102 sq m plot, Arte Charpentier Architectes has designed two distinct hotels for the Accor group: a building housing an IBIS style (308 rooms) hotel on the corner of the Lisbon and New York streets and a building for the prestigious Pullman (305 rooms) chain implanted along the La Haye street.

The hotel project was designed to seamlessly integrate with its environment, in articulation with the ‘Dome’ and the future nearby tramway terminal. Right in front of the train exit, the two hotels share the same kind of outline and innovative frame. Despite its thin silhouette and irregular facade in front of the Dome, the hotel centre creates a strong visual impact, making those buildings appear as doors to the city.

The gap between the hotels creates a convivial space that is partially protected by glazing; a catalyst for city life, a place to drink, to share moments or just pass through. The street level is lively. The activities offered generate commercial activity. The two hotels’ reception areas and restaurants are glazed and enable customers to enjoy a view of the outside. The Pullman street level’s generous height opens onto a public space and enables satisfying both the hotel owners and users but also the city and its passersby.

The two buildings’ facades have been treated in the same way:

  • The colour and materials have been picked for their brightness
  • Silk-screened glass partially covers the glazing, drawing an aesthetic and modern checker board pattern. An optical illusion is thus created along the buildings’ frames.
  • Thousands of LEDs create lines along the facades; they light the buildings up day and night.

As a part of the project the agency also designed the landscapes, from gardening to soil treatment and public spaces.

Nick Myall

News editor

Want to submit your project to World Architecture News?

Contact The Team