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Hermitage Plaza


Construction of the €2.5bn (us$3.6bn, £2.2bn) Hermitage Plaza, in Paris’s La Défense business district, is due to start in 2011 with completion scheduled for 2016. Consisting of two towers that will reach a


fi nal height of 323 metres – purposefully 1m below the Eiff el Tower – it is the fi rst pur- pose-built high-rise development in France and is considered a ‘national project’. Designed by Foster + Partners, the 90-


and 91-storey towers feature glazed façade panels with diff erent points catching the light throughout the day. The towers, situated next to the River


Seine, will take the form of two interlocking triangles which face each other and enclose a public piazza and garden with shops, restau- rants, offi ces, a concert hall and an art gallery. Between them, the towers will also house a fi ve-star hotel – some published articles sug- gest this will be a Four Seasons, although this hasn’t been confi rmed – two spa cen- tres with swimming pools and fi tness centres. Residential apartments, priced at a reported €2 to €3m (us$2.9m to us$4.3m, £1.8m to £2.6m), a business centre, two auditoriums and more offi ces complete the off ering. T e company behind the development


is real estate fi rm the Hermitage Group, a French subsidiary of the Mirax Group Cor- poration, a Russian real estate investor.


LVMH’s La Samaritaine


Japanese fi rm SANAA has been cho- sen to transform Paris’s famous La Samaritaine department store into a mixed-use development. T e 1869 building, located between


Pont Neuf and Rue de Rivoli in the 1st arrondissement, was bought by the LVMH group in 2001 and closed down due to safety concerns. With a view to revitalising the


local area, the development will include an 80-room hotel – a spa is yet to be confi rmed – although no operator has been disclosed. It will also comprise commercial space, offi ces and 95 social housing apartments and will be encased in a transparent glass façade to fl ood the interior in daylight. Work will begin this year and will not be com- plete before 2013.


SPA BUSINESS 3 2011 ©Cybertrek 2011


The new Shangri-La boasts views of the Eiffel Tower


Shangri-La Hotel


Hong-Kong-based luxury chain, Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts, made its European debut with its Parisian hotel opening in December 2010. Formerly the 19th century home of


Napoleon Bonaparte’s grand-nephew, Prince Roland Bonaparte, the prop- erty was acquired by the chain in 2006. Located in the 16th arrondissement, the hotel now features 81 bedrooms


– decorated in an Empire style by French designer Pierre-Yves Rochon


– with views of the Eiff el Tower. T ere are also three restaurants. A ‘wellbeing space’ below the


ground fl oor is to open in late 2011 and will feature a 16m pool and an 80sq m (862 sq ft) fitness centre. While massages will be on off er, it is too early to confi rm whether the hotel an actual spa.


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The 2.5bn development is considered a national project (this photo) and will feature two spas in each tower (below)


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