The last architectural “folly” of Philippe Starck is a “spooky” hotel topped by a house for the city of Metz in France. The hotel with a 19th-century house perched at the top is built on a monochromatic glass tower of 38 meters high planed for 2018. This hotel is above all the meeting of four men around a project out of ordinary: a work of art, surreal and poetic conceived by an elegant and intelligent hotel brand: La Maison Heller where customers are greeted with excellence and humanity.
Several years ago, Yvon Gérard, passionate about entrepreneurship, proposed to Philippe Starck the challenge of designing a hotel project for Metz, capital of Lorraine in France. The main idea was to offer to this city an architecture respectful of its history but resolutely turned towards the future. Passionate about the project, Starck completely designed this non ordinary hotel in the heart of the new Messin, the Amphitheater area, in resonance with the Center Pompidou Metz, designed by Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines, and also near the future convention center of the city, designed by the architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte, and a future shopping center baptized Muse. By friendship, envy, and entrepreneurial passion, two men quickly join the initial duo: Christophe Lanson, an expert in finance and real estate investment opportunities and Joseph Châtel, co-founder and former Chairman of the DNCA Finance Group, one of the most successful French successes in the asset of management sector. Finally, for this project, LA MAISON HELLER METZ joined the CURIO COLLECTION BY HILTON which today home almost 50 unique establishments, selected for their unique character and identity.
“In architecture, normally we put the past under the future, but for this project, we did the opposite. It imposed itself quickly and it did not take me a quarter of a second” explained Starck. He recounted having the idea while walking in the imperial district of Metz, with its noble villas and its bourgeois buildings dating from the German period of Alsace-Moselle (1871-1918). The four-star hotel plus consist of 90 rooms and 9 suites with gym, spa, restaurant, terrace, and trees at the same level of the villa, flanked by neogothic turrets, picture windows, and lines inspired by Art Nouveau Style. Starck is known for its imaginative approach to architecture and design. These latest projects include the interiors of a plant-covered hotel in São Paulo or the medals for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. But he will not be the first designer to build a tower with a house at the top, the same approach was used by the British studio FAT, with his project Community In A Cube in Middlesborough.
ABOUT PHILIPPE STARCK
” A rich past of 10,000 creations realized and still to come. A global notoriety and an indefatigable inventiveness proteiform must not make us forget the essential. Philippe Starck has a mission, a vision: that’s the creation, whatever the form it takes, to make life better for the greatest number. This duty is eminently political and poetic, rebellious and benevolent, pragmatic and subversive. Starck believes that it should be shared by all and summarizes it with humor from the beginning: “Nobody is obliged to be a genius, but everyone is obliged to participate. ” Anticipating the phenomena of convergence and dematerialization, Philippe Starck aims the heart, emphasizes the essential, extracts the structural minimum of each object, to offer the creations and proposals closest to the Man and Nature, the best adapted to the future. Testify the mega-yacht A, a symbol of the elegance with a minimum, or the Zik helmets of Parrot. His dreams are so vital, so essential, that he was the first French invited to participate in the famous TED conferences (Technology, Entertainment & Design) Talks joining renowned international speakers such as Bill Clinton or Richard Branson. Inventor, designer, architect, designer, artistic director, Philippe Starck is all of that, but above all an honest man in the pure line of the Renaissance artists”. From Philippe Starck biographie by Jonathan Wingfield.