Claire Fatosme, Christian Lefèvre et Teresa Sapey : Nhow Hotel Marseille

The mythical luxury hotel of Marseille, the Palm Beach, located on the beaches of the Prado, offers a second youth thanks to Marseille architects Claire Fatosme and Christian Lefèvre and the Italian architect Teresa Sapey. Now under the banner of the brand Nhow Hotel - already present in Milan, Berlin or Rotterdam - the establishment offers a heterogeneous background, condensed current aesthetic aspirations: street art, experimental art, new technologies. What a trip to travel ...

Housed in one of the city's main neighborhoods, along the Corniche President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the Nhow Hotel Marseille occupies an iconic building that surrenders to the aesthetics of the site's maritime panel. The renovation of the lobby, the 150 rooms, the three meeting rooms, the fitness center and other services offered by the group is signed by Claire Fatosme, Christian Lefèvre and Teresa Sapey. A mission all but obvious - but accomplished hands down - as the brand is accustomed to entrust its projects to the sizes of contemporary architecture and design. Sergei Tchoban, Karim Rashid, Matto Thun and Rem Koolhas are just some of the big names in the design of the group's establishments.


Unexpected and avant-garde, the project of the Franco-Italian trio is a tribute to the Marseille culture mixed with a futuristic aesthetic. Inside are thus offered thousand-and-one spaces with varied universes, in total contrast with the clean and minimalist paved building. In the lobby, a huge fresco signed Tristan Bonnemain, native son and street artist, welcomes visitors. The corridors and rooms, to which the local graphic designer Guy Bargin contributed, restore the atmosphere of Marseilles neighborhoods, soft spray and graffiti.


The dining areas, to which the architect Terasa Sapey devoted himself, play for them the futuristic map. Remarkable, the Tunnel Bar, a black corridor with luminous vaults worthy of the film Tron: The Legacy, gives the impression of an immersion at the bottom of the dark ocean occupied by amazing fish whims and asserts itself as the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail on extravagant red and chubby armchairs ... if it does not steal the show by the Cactus Bar, singular for its arrangements entirely yellow, as sharp as the Cactaceae that grow here.

Throughout the establishment finally, rough rocks punctuate the course of the customers and lead to reverie to aquatic caves inhabited by marine creatures ...

To learn more, visit the site of Claire Fatosme and Christian Lefèvre et Teresa Sapey's website

Photographs: D. Giancatarina, NH Hotel Group

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