The National Monuments Center will be happy to welcome the first visitors from June 12, 2021 to discover the heritage areas of the Hôtel de la Marine, which have been completely restored.
The main courtyard and the Intendant's courtyard with the transparent glass roof imagined by the architect Hugh Dutton will then be freely accessible from the rue Royale or the Place de la Concorde, recreating a new circulation in the district.
The routes in the spaces of the XVIIIe and XIXe centuries and over loggia can be visited with an innovative mediation system.
In June 2021, at the end of a major restoration and development campaign launched in 2017, the National Monuments Center will widely open the heritage areas of the Hôtel de la Marine to the public. The main courtyard, the Intendant's courtyard with the transparent glass roof imagined by the architect Hugh Dutton and the bookstore-boutique will be freely accessible all year round from the rue Royale or the Place de la Concorde, recreating a new circulation in the neighborhood. The Hôtel de la Marine will thus be widely open to its urban environment.
The decision, taken in 2007, to concentrate the headquarters of the Ministry of Defense in the same place had the consequence of opening up the question of the future of the Hôtel de la Marine. The project to sell to an entrepreneur wishing to make the monument a "world center of creation and culture" called "La Royale" gave rise to many reservations because of its essentially commercial nature. Placed under the chairmanship of Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, a commission was set up in 2011 to formulate recommendations regarding the future uses of the monument. Its work led to highlighting three main principles: maintaining the Hôtel de la Marine in the public sphere, opening the monument to a large public under the leadership of a benchmark cultural establishment, and finally the principle of '' profitable operation of the site in order to finance the restoration work and cover its operating costs.
The National Monuments Center (CMN) project for the Hôtel de la Marine fully meets these requirements and is a continuation of the prestigious history of this monument. It uses its strengths to make it a new site that is emblematic of Paris' tourist attractiveness and of France's international influence. At the request of the public authorities, the CMN will develop activities that will highlight both the exceptional heritage represented by Gabriel's architecture, the decorations and works of art from the XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries, as well as a number of associated themes since. always in the influence of France, such as decorative arts, tableware or the art of hospitality.
A place of life
An event program will be developed to satisfy all types of audiences (families, discovery enthusiasts, architecture enthusiasts, etc.). An educational offer will also be developed after the opening of the monument. The Hôtel de la Marine will not only be a place to visit. In addition to the heritage areas accessible through the purchase of a ticket, the building's main courtyard will be open to all without entry fees. Parisians, local residents and tourists will be able to cross the courtyard, which opens onto Rue Royale and Place de la Concorde, stroll there and discover the restored monument. Parisians and pedestrians from all over the world are thus invited to fully reclaim Place de la Concorde and its emblematic monument of the French art of living.
The upper floors will be dedicated to coworking: located on the 2nd and 3rd floors, the Morning coworking company will offer 6076 m2 for rent to companies looking for workspaces.
In the main courtyard and under the arcades of Place de la Concorde, Café Lapérouse will offer, from June and all day long, a savory menu and a selection of pastries.
In a second step, a restaurant will open its doors under the leadership of chef Jean-François Piège, also in the main courtyard.
Today, the monument unveils its rediscovered splendors to the public who will discover its entire history and metamorphosis.
Course prices from € 13.
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