|photo via Wikipedia|
I wrote earlier that the beloved department store was shuttered abruptly about five years ago by LVMH. The website and signs on the building's exterior enigmatically announce "Department store closed due to works for the purpose of security." It has been sitting vacant since 2005 (always a disappointing surprise to past travellers to Paris who haven't been in the city recently). The building apparently will be transformed into a mixed-use complex: a luxury hotel filling out the historic facade with the fabulous view of the Seine, retail space on rue de Rivoli, offices and mixed-income housing, and a day-care center (“une crèche”). The renovations will be designed by the Japanese architectural firm Sanaa.
Shovels will go in the ground in late 2011, with a planned opening of the newly configurated spaces at the end of 2013.
I understand now how the building will be re-purposed-- but will the department store as an entity be resurrected?