AL_A are working with Galeries Lafayette to transform the ‘Cupola’ building of their historical flagship located on Boulevard Haussmann in Paris. The appointment is part of the retailer’s strategy to build the ‘Department Store of the 21st Century’, designed and conceptualised to offer a new shopping experience to its clients, with architecture as a key component.
A bold proposal and intuitive conceptual approach, the project will create a visionary metamorphosis of the department store’s main building, relying on tradition and modernity. This store is an institution that has a special place in the life and identity of the city of Paris. Their commission is a fantastic opportunity to build on tradition to make a living contribution to the future of Galeries Lafayette and the cultural life of Paris. The exquisite craftsmanship of the original building and its location in the heart of Haussmann’s city are both elements which are celebrated. The remodelling of the 44,000m² store will start in 2017.
Photo credits: Amanda Levete Architects.