Design: RDAI architectural design firm
Photography: Michel Denancé Bruno Clergue
摄影：Michel Denancé Bruno Clergue
Area: 1,450 square meters
Jump into the pool of hermes
Hermes has entrusted the RDAI agency, which is reponsible for designing all the Hermes stores worldwide, with the design of a new space, singular and unexpected in Paris. Hermes is setting up shop in a swimming pool.An immense volume, empty an impression more of space than of surface area. The Lutetia swimming pool of Paris, has metamorphosed into the first Hermes boutique on the Left Bank.
The swimming pool built in 1935, has a strong architectonic character and a compelling identity, that of Art Deco – it is in the spirit of its age. After its closure, the swimming pool underwent varied and diverse uses and was transformed. The challenge was to translate some of the values intrinsic to Hermes into space: heritage and modernity, savoir-faire and creation. The project has a double aim. First of all to respect, conserve and reinterpret the architecture of the swimming pool. The only important modification was the covering of the pool by means of concrete composite floor slab supported by a light structure. Underneath, the pool has been integrally preserved. The facade, giving onto the rue de Sevres, has kept its original appearance. Then, to tell another story, one that is resolutely contemporary. This takes form through the appearance of three monumental ash huts which both disrupt the existing volumes and converse with them. The invasion of what was once the pool by these huts, flexible, light and nomadic, suggests the creation of houses within the house. A change of scale, an invitation to wander, to drift, which produces a powerful magic. Everywhere the movements seem natural, they are fluid, rippling. The shimmering of the water that was once here is evoked in a subtle way in the tones of the mosaics, in the effects of the lights. What existed and what has been added converse in a strange harmony. They are whole, they are complementary.
Light photoinduced pleasure shopping
At the foot of an elegant apartment building from the mid 1930s, the facade of the Hermes store is discreet. An entrance portico in the centre between two windows, nothing to hint at the surprise awaiting once through the doors.The entrance is like a lightwell overturned, horizontal, which attracts one irrevocably towards the light at the back, towards what was the Lutetia swimming pool.The entrance to the store must function like a delicious trap into which the visitor lets himself slide, from crossing the threshold of the doors on the street until he reaches the swimming pool and its strange inhabitants, the huts.
In such a volume, the lighting is crucial. The entire space is bathed in natural light that penetrates through the three large skylights above the atrium, softened only by a metal screen. At night，surrounded on both sides of skylight, propylaea of even distribution of light within the space. Need special pointed out that designers set up a row of light source in three wooden display space beam, making three display space of the store at night doesn't look like three "black hole". Display of goods but also especially to strengthen the point light, to create a pleasant shopping environment. In order to avoid putting the spaces overlooking the pool that previously housed the changing rooms, in the shade, the effects had to be measured out, the contrasts that would otherwise have been too harsh attenuated. All the vertical panels are therefore also lightly illuminated. The undulating walls in white plaster, running around the ground floor, are lit from above by LED tape with the light source hidden from view. Lit from the interior, the huts appear as giant lanterns. A lighting device embedded in the floor, illuminates their vaults of latticed wood. Each hut has a large chandelier composed of a double ring of suspended wood. The shelving is lit by integrated and invisible LED tape.