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French Style, Metropolitan Modernity

Pullman Paris Montparnasse Hotel

Cut Architectures

French Style, Metropolitan Modernity
By Editorial Staff -
Jung, Vescom have participated in the project

The Montparnasse neighborhood, located on the Left Bank of the Seine, was a cultural hub of Parisian life over the course of the 20th century, and began to transition in the 1970s into an administrative and economic hub of the city. Today, it remains one of the most vibrant neighborhoods of the city, with the famous Montparnasse Tower symbolizing this transition to a more modern and economic calling. 

Against this backdrop, the renovation of the Pullman Paris Montparnasse hotel by Cut Architectures rethinks the concept of hospitality. Incorporating versatility and new functions, this modern environment can adapt to changing lifestyles and different professions while maintaining at the same time the style and the art de vivre typical of Paris. 

“Our approach was first and foremost metropolitan”, state Benjamin Clarens and Yaan Martin, founders of Cut Architectures. Their project proposes an experience of space in circularity, continuously alternating between connected areas and environments, in contrast to the verticality and fragmentation of the Montparnasse quarter.

The entire project encourages free exploration of the spaces, starting in the bi-level lobby, whose inviting glass entrance and two escalators illuminated by LED lights lead visitors to the second level, which hosts the check-in area and the two restaurants of the hotel: Umami Burger and Fi’lia. 

The only location of the famous California chain in France, Umami Burger is furnished in warm yellow and orange tones, with touches of green, and features exquisite Venetian-style terrazzo, which covers the tables and counters. Fi’lia offers a refined Italian menu with typical products set against an art-deco backdrop, with comfortable upholstered seating and metallic accents. 

The 32 floors of the building house a total of 957 rooms of various types: classic, deluxe, family, suites and small apartments. The rooms have been designed as open spaces, in which mirrored walls and sliding curtains create continuity between the sleeping and service areas. All the furnishings are custom-designed and materials such as stainless steel, granite, walnut and imitation leather upholstery, along with backlit furnishings, give the space an urban, sophisticated and contemporary feel. 

To accommodate a large variety of events, the hotel has a ballroom with a 7-m-high ceiling that the architects define “a cathedral”. The space can host up to 735 guests and is dividable into four additional rooms. With acoustic panels and a majestic chandelier that can be fully retracted into the ceiling, the ballroom is suitable for both public and private events. Another space at the hotel available for professionals is the Green Floor, a meeting and conference space that gives onto an exclusive 800-sq.-m elevated garden. 

Completing the variety of exclusive services offered by the hotel, the skybar on the top floor is the highest bar in all of Paris, offering a 180-degree view overlooking the Eiffel Tower and all the wonders of Ville Lumière.

Location: Paris, France
Client: Accor
Completion: 2022
Gross Floor Area: 38,000 m2
Interior Design: Cut Architectures
Lighting Consultant: 8’18’’

Photography: David Foessel, courtesy of Cut Architectures

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