FAQs

1. Why was the revision of the PLU (Plan Local d’Urbanisme – local development plan) necessary?

2. Will the future building on the Rue de Rivoli exceed the existing building height by 7 metres?

3. Will the “La Samaritaine” name be retained?

4. Will the public still be able to see La Samaritaine’s historical glass roof? What will be retained and preserved at La Samaritaine?

5. Will the panoramic terrace remain accessible to the public?

6. How long will the work take? Will all elements of the project be ready at the same time

 

1. Why was the revision of the PLU (local development plan) necessary?

To enable the project to go ahead, the facilities outlined in the original 2006 PLU were revised to include space for a number of social housing units and a creche, together with a minimum of 36% of the project area designated for retail purposes.

2. Will the height of the future Rue de Rivoli building exceed the existing buildings by 7 metres?

Absolutely not. The maximum height of the buildings will be 27.30 metres, which is 3.70 metres lower than the maximum height of 31 metres permitted by the revised PLU. This is therefore in line with the height of the existing buildings, namely 31.50 metres on the Rue de Rivoli and 38 metres on the Seine elevation.

3. Will the “La Samaritaine” name be retained?

Yes, it will be kept as the name is strongly linked both with the history of Paris and the heritage of the district.

4. Will the public still be able to see La Samaritaine’s historical glass roof? What will be retained and preserved at La Samaritaine?

The unique glass roof is protected, and after its renovation, will be the focal point of the department store – this is one of the key features of the project.

Every historic facade will be preserved and refurbished, thus restoring La Samaritaine’s appearance to its former glory.

Using traditional artisanal techniques, specialised master craftsmen, including metal workers and ceramists, will restore the decorative elements which had disappeared, been painted over (most notably the enamelled tiles from the Rue de l’Arbre-Sec façade) or clumsily restored in the 1980s, including the large glass roof  which will be completely reconstructed in its original frame. The original awnings dating from 1905 will also be replaced!

The renovation protocols were established by the specialised heritage architect in charge of the renovation of the building in conjunction with the DRAC (Regional Directorate of Cultural Affairs) following extensive historical studies.

The building designed by Henri Sauvage will be preserved, refurbished and transformed into a hotel.

5. Will the viewing terrace remain accessible to the public?

Yes – the terrace on the 10th floor will remain open and free of charge to the public, following La Samaritaine’s successful campaign with the Prefecture of Paris to retain its accessibility.

6. How long will the work take? Will all the components be completed at the same time?

The work will last about 30 months. There will be just one construction site, and all elements of the new development will start and be completed at the same time