article | Reading time5 min
article | Reading time5 min
Much more than a heritage site, the Hôtel de la Marine is above all a place of life and passage. It thus revives its past as the Crown's furniture repository, where activity was in full swing. Today, visitors, the curious or simple walkers can all come and enjoy a unique moment at the Hôtel de la Marine.
The Cour d'Honneur, restored and transformed into a place of passage open to all, has given the restoration project of the Hôtel de la Marine an urban dimension, by modifying the landscape of the Place de la Concorde.
Once past the 18th century arcades, you will discover a calm courtyard decorated withan elegant and resolutely contemporarycarpet of light . On either side of the courtyard, you can enjoy the Mimosa restaurant on the courtyard side, and the Café Lapérouse on the Concorde side: two elegant addresses in a timeless setting.
In the Cour de l'Intendant, you already begin your journey to the 18th century! Under your feet, authentic 18th century cobblestones remind you of the time when craftsmen came and went between the various cabinetmaking, tapestry or chandelier workshops located in this same courtyard.
And yet, if you look up, you can admire the incredible "diamond" glass roof designed by Hugh Dutton. An impressive installation made of mirrored glass that brings light and preserves the harmony of the 18th century courtyard.
The bookshop-boutique echoes the history of the Hôtel de la Marine: the symbolism of the Enlightenment shines through with a modern offer, in keeping with the exceptional restoration of the monument. You will be welcomed in a resolutely contemporary universe, which takes up the codes of the time.
Dive into the 18th century through numerous books and objects evoking this period. Philosophy and literature, fashion and jewelry, gastronomy and tableware, games and music: so many themes to discover in this unique place in the heart of Paris! Visit our bookshop-boutique located in the Cour d'Honneur of the Hôtel de la Marine, accessible to all from the Place de la Concorde or the Rue Royale.
Mathieu Lustrerie, a company specializing in the restoration, re-edition and creation of exceptional chandeliers, has installed its new workshop in the courtyard of the Hôtel de la Marine. With this new space, the monument reconnects with its past as the Garde-Meuble de la Couronne, by bringing back to life an 18th century workshop, as it existed at the time, in the main courtyard of the palace.
Through demonstrations of know-how, this space will allow you to better understand the main mission of the former Garde-Meuble and its Intendants: to furnish the royal residences and maintain their furniture, from the manufacture of the pieces to their restoration, through their maintenance.
Le Cordon Bleu, the renowned culinary arts and hotel management institute in Paris, will be present in the 350m2 Appartements de Madame to offer cooking and pastry demonstrations and workshops.
This is an opportunity to further establish the Hôtel de la Marine as an emblematic monument of the French art of living, particularly in the field of gastronomy.