Mandarin Oriental, ParisEdit profile
Jean-Michel Wilmotte looked to the architecture of Charles Letrosne, who designed the two side wings of the façade, to ensure the hotel would fit seamlessly and beautifully into its surroundings. A horizontal theme continues across the entire facade while the imposing size of the porches onto the street is echoed in the vast inner courtyard, whose garden is planted with camellias and magnolias, and the stone porches of the new facades. The joinery has been given a more contemporary treatment, and incorporates lighting and metalwork (balconies and entrance) that anchors the building in its era. The harmony of colours, from the copper roof to the bronze and gilded metalwork and the walls in two shades of light stone, adds to the sense of detail and coherency, and helps define the identity of this oasis of peace at the heart of the city. The garden is intended to create alcoves of green beneath a canopy and reflect natural light. The living wall, designed by Wilmotte & Associés, is arranged as horizontal planted strips that again reflect the light. A black marble fountain runs the length of the garden to form a vast mirror of water.