A change of scenery at La Samaritaine
With a more open design, the department store has been conceived as an oasis of calm, away from the hubbub of the river banks and the rue de Rivoli – a spot to enjoy shopping, having a meeting, or just relaxing on the new terrace created around the large glass roof and savouring the stunning panorama of Paris, the river and the city’s iconic monuments. Stretching from the Rue de Rivoli to the Pont-Neuf, three linked courtyards, each generously lit by natural daylight via glass roofs, line the promenade in a unique setting – a mix of heritage and contemporary creation. Art Nouveau exuberance and Art Deco geometric lines meet the innovative and sensitive architecture of Sanaa, winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize 2010. Finely restored by master craftsmen, the decor and historical facades – together with the grand staircase, fresco, frieze, enamelled panels and more – regain their brilliance and reveal their original richness which, complemented by the contemporary spaces, once again links La Samaritaine with the city’s heritage.