The Hermes Boutique is support part place on the Lutetia Hotel which is based in Paris, France who has designed by RDAI agency. The client, Hermes has entrusted the RDAI agency to responsible for designing all of the Hermes stores worldwide with design of a new space, singular and unexpected in Paris. The unique of this boutique is setting itself which is settled up in a swimming pool, an immense volume, and immense volume, empty. An impression, more of the space than the surface area. Now at the end of the project which added but did not take away, the Lutetia swimming pool which is placed in the center of the Saint-Germaindes- Prés quarter of Paris has metamorphosed into the first Hermes boutique on the left bank. The contrast and the complementarity of the architectural project is led by Denis Montel and the RDAI teams which is imagined more in the terms of the volumes than a surface area which is in m3 more than in m2. And in the end, it is an intervention both of the radical and astonishingly gentle.
The swimming pool which built in 1935 is listed as a Historic Monument since 2005, has a strong architectonic character and a compelling identity, in the art of the decoration, it is the spirit of its age. After the closure, the swimming pool has been transforms in varied with the diverse uses. As the project built, the challenge which faced the designer is to translate some of the values intrinsic to Hermes as the client into heritage and modernity spaces, savoir-faire and the creation. The project itself has the doubled aim. First of all is to reflect, conserve and reinterpret the architecture of the swimming pool itself. Covering the pool by means of the concrete composite floor slab which is supported by a light structure is the only important modification. The pool has been preserved integrally. The facade of this building is kept the original appearance which is giving onto the rue de Sèvres. To tell another story is used the resolutely contemporary. This is takes a shape through the appearance of the three monumental ash huts which both of them are disrupts the existing volumes and converse with them. The suggestion of the creation of the houses within the house itself is come from the invasion of the pool by these huts, flexible, light and nomadic. A change of the scale is an invitation to wander, to drift which is reducing a powerful magic. In everywhere, the movements is seems natural, they are flooding and rippling. The shimmering of the water is evoked in a subtle way in order in the tones of the mosaics, in the effect of the light which is existed and has been added to converse in a strange harmony.
The entrance of this boutique is like a light well overturned, horizontal which is attracts one irrevocably towards the light at the back. The facade of the Hermes Boutique store is discreet at the foot of an elegant apartment building from the middle of the 1930s. There is nothing to hint at the surprise which waiting once through the door at the entrance in the center between the two windows. The entrance to the store must be functioned like a delicious trap. Which the visitor lets them self slide, from crossing the threshold of the doors on the street until he reaches the swimming pool and its strange inhabitants, the huts. The perspective are accentuated and modified by an imperceptible contraction to guide the visitors, rather like the sides of the Medicis fountain in the Luxembourg garden. The lightly inclined ceiling, the curved of the walls and the leaning inwards are covered with the oak laths which is leaves recesses open as if floating in matter. An introduction full of mysteries inciting one to plunge into this new Hermès house…
The huts of the boutique is a four pavilions with an organic design in which some people will recognize the familiar forms from the plant or animal world or from childhood. This huts design will be loved by the visitors. Which the huts are occupying the volume of the swimming pool, to the nest of the Tisserin birds. Which constructed in the ash wood, the pavilions is comes in the different shape and the dimensions, they are self-supporting structures which rest on a system and the three-dimensional, drawing of the complex geometry of each huts which is made possible by the computer script written for each for one of them. The huts are rising more than 9 m in height, they progressively as if attracted by the skylights. The huts house is the Hermes collections which they seem to have simply alighted on the ground and lending the project in its nomadic dimension. The fourth hut is lies the staircase which is naturally leads the visitors towards the pool and forms the link between the entrance and the open space of the swimming pool. It is appears to the lying down.
The lighting is important in such a volume. The entire space of the boutique is bathed in natural light which is penetrated through the three large skylights above the atrium and it is softened only by a metal screen. A “Black hole” effect is avoided by the litted skylight at night. The effect have to be measured out in order to avoid the putting space spaces overlooking the pool which is previously housed in the changing room in the shade, the contrast which will otherwise have been too harsh attenuated. All of the vertical panels are therefore also lightly illuminated. The undulating walls in white plaster, running around the ground floor, are lit from above by LED tape with the light source hidden from view. The huts is appears as a giants lanterns is lit from the interior. A lighting device is embedded in the floor, illuminates their vaults of latticed wood. Each hut has a large chandelier composed of a double ring of suspended wood. The shelving is lit by integrated and invisible LED tape.
For information about the mosaics. The Lutetia swimming pool is a mineral world. The pattern of the mosaics itself is found in the floors, the columns and the staircase which is covered by it. The existing ornamental elements of the floor and the walls have been preserved and restored. In the entrance of the store, a Greek motive mosaics carpet which is a nod to the flooring of the Hermes store at 24 Faubourg Saint-Honore is welcomes the visitors. By following the desire for the coherence, the steps and the risers of the large newly created staircase in granite. The floors of the room is less visible to the visitors have been worked in broken tiles by adding to this refinement. It is a means of the writing of these new spaces into the history of the swimming pool. The surface of the pool is adorned with a mosaic covers, which the texture and the composition of the ceramic and glass mosaic are tiles and evoke the movement of the waves. Shiny and matt tesserae in different dimensions and in multiple colors and white gold seem to vibrate as one move around. A random approach to the composition in graduated tones creates effects of depth and sparkle accentuated by the play of light.