In Roissy a renovation and development plan is underway to Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport, one of the largest and most important airports in the world. This also includes the recently completed project by the architect Manuel Gautrand and his firm for the Marriott group. These are two new hotels built in an area called “Hotel division“, which will house several hotels and office buildings as part of the airport development plan. The various projects will be carried out along an urban axis which will also be equipped with a tram line and cycle paths. All in a large green space, a development that aims to be attractive and lively for passengers in transit or arriving at the airport. The plot dedicated to Manuelle Gautrand Architecture’s project is located on the eastern edge of the main urban axis, just before the aircraft taxiway The project is therefore clearly visible from all directions, and the architects ensured that its facades could give an interesting visual impression depending on the perspective from which they were viewed by pedestrians, aircraft and cars .
The architects were asked to design two hotels for two different and independent brands. Therefore, two separate volumes were designed, built one behind the other, but nested in the same basement where there are several common areas. The largest volume located in the southern part of the plot is the court hotelwhile the smallest in the northern part is the Hostel Residence. The two hotels actually form a single building consisting of two volumes, a solution that allowed for a lighter architecture rather than a single, compact building block. The architects gave each hotel its own visual identity. The two buildings are arranged along the east-west axis, but they are not perfectly parallel. The slight inclination between the two volumes makes it possible to create a series of perspectives and games of reflections, as well as a common space used as an outdoor terrace for the shared restaurant and as a small square that extends the public space of the neighboring urban area. axis.Facades play a key role in design and openly state the intended purpose of interior spaces to the outside world. In the lower part of the facades, the architects chose the transparency of the glass to delimit the common spaces by opening them visually to the outside. In the upper part, however, the facades of the rooms are clad in lacquered and colored aluminum panels in progressively lighter shades, creating games of reflection between the two buildings, and allowing the colors of one to blend into the other. The colors of the panels differ according to the position occupied by the facades. For those outside the lot, a relatively neutral and more subdued black-white gradient was chosen. Inside the lot, on the other hand, almost unexpectedly, the color gradient appears with bright and vivid tones, which means that customers feel a distinct change.
Images courtesy of Manuelle Gautrand Architecture, photo by Luc Boegly
Project name: Marriott Paris CDG Airport Hotels
Location: Roissy-en-France – France
Architects: Manuelle Gautrand Architecture
Photos: Luc Boegly