La Samaritaine, Paris, France

The Project
This spring in a unique location on the Seine in the first district of Paris, the newly renovated La Samaritaine will open to the public after extraordinary renovation by its size and complexity.

La Samaritaine will reveal its new contemporary, modern form to the neighbourhood, opening up to the many aspects of Parisian life. After years it will have the opportunity to become a lively place to meet, discover and experience for Parisians and foreign guests.

Located in the heart of Paris, it will house a new department store, a prestigious hotel, cafes, brasseries and restaurants, a social flats, children’s nursery and offices.

The contemporary facade of La Samaritaine facing Rue de Rivoli is a masterpiece that combines the sense of simplicity, the passion for detail and the poetic inspiration of the architects of the Sanaa studio from Japan.

The stunning glass curtain wall is the outer skin of the building envelope standing in front of the triple glazed inner skin that acts as a core of thermal comfort and provides fire resistance properties.

The outer façade has an irregular undulating form and comprises 343 curved glass panels measuring 2.7 by 3.5 meters. The panels have been made of laminated extra-clear Pilkington Optiwhite™ custom-bent by Cricursa and installed by glass façade specialists Frener & Reifer.

Photography: ©K. Khalfi
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Project Details
Surface Area
3200 m²
19 rue de la Monnaie, 75001 Paris, France
Opening Date
Apr 2020
Building Type
  • Commercial
About the Architect/Installer
SANAA, Japan in-cooperation with SRA Architectes, Paris
General contractor: Vinci; Facade: Frener & Reifer Srl; Curved glass: Cricursa, Spain; Clients: Department stores of Samaritaine, LVMH Hotel Management for Cheval Blanc Paris, DFS for the Department Store
Benefit Led Categories
  • Special Applications