Centered around an 85-year-old swimming pool, Hotel Molitor Paris, one of the most stylish new hotels in France, opened just two months ago in the 16th arrondissement. A historic monument built in 1929 by the famed Lucien Pollet, the swimming pool, Piscine Molitor, has been completely restored to its original glamour, surrounded by the new 124-room 5-star Hotel Molitor. The design of the new hotel is based on a close reading by designer Jean-Philippe Nuel and architect Jacques Rougerie, of the original design for the central pool and attached building.
Rather than attempt an exact reproduction of what has been in place in 1929, Nuel chose to channel the spirit of the structure and to leave “traces of history,” as he calls them, throughout the property, pointing to the building’s diverse phases. “I wanted to create a story between Art Deco and today, and in between those moments, there was a period of street art,” the designer explains.
Features original to the architecture, such as leaded-glass windows, mosaics, and the lamps in the restaurant, remain.
The pool’s glass-enclosed ticket booth, now frames the indoor bar.
To pay homage to the property’s recent past, Nuel photographed the building at the start of the project, complete with its crumbling concrete, rust, and graffiti everywhere. The photographs are now framed throughout the property as art and decor.
Thankfully, Nuel was careful to preserve what must have been the best feature of the original building: the views of the pool below.
Molitor Paris by MGallery
13 rue Nungesser et Coli, Paris, France
Photos courtesy of Hotel Molitor Paris.
HT: Architectural Digest