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22 Mar 2016

Boulevard Haussmann Department Store Transformation

Renewal of Famous Parisian Department Store by Galeries Lafayette

Design: AL_A

Galeries Lafayette select British architecture studio AL_A for the transformation of its Boulevard Haussmann department store in Paris

Paris, March 21st, 2016 – Following a competition involving three of the world’s leading international architecture firms, Galeries Lafayette announce that they have selected the architecture studio AL_A to transform the “Cupola” building of their historical flagship located on Boulevard Haussmann in Paris.

AL_A’s appointment is part of the company’s strategy to build the Department Store of the 21st century, totally designed and thought to offer a new shopping experience to its clients and of which architecture is a key component.

Boulevard Haussmann department store in Paris

The practice was chosen for its bold proposal and intuitive conceptual approach that will create a visionary metamorphosis of the department store’s main building, relying on tradition and modernity. The remodeling of the 40,000 sq m store will start in early 2017.

Founded and led by Amanda Levete, whose notable projects include the soon-to-be-completed extension of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and the transformation of the emblematic Selfridges store in Birmingham, AL_A is a London based architecture firm with an international reputation across a broad spectrum of industries – including culture, retail and fashion.

Commenting on this announcement, Nicolas Houzé, CEO of Galeries Lafayette and BHV MARAIS, said: “We are delighted to start this collaboration with Amanda Levete and her team to conduct the reinvention of this iconic Cupola building, which is also the soul of the Galeries Lafayette brand. Amanda has demonstrated her talent for radical thinking and reimagining built heritage, and I am confident that her innovative vision will serve our ambition to offer to our clients the department store of the 21st century.”

Amanda Levete, Director of AL_A, said: “This store is an institution that has a special place in the life and identity of the city of Paris. Our 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 we seek to celebrate as we move forward.”

Boulevard Haussmann Department Store Renewal

Galeries Lafayette in Paris announcing the appointment of Amanda Levete’s AL_A to reimagine the 40,000 sqm Cupola building of its flagship Boulevard Haussman store.

Date built: 1857-1922

Founded in Paris in 1893 by Théophile Bader and Alphonse Kahn, Galeries Lafayette moved into its purpose-built premises on Boulevard Haussmann in 1912. Conceived as a ‘luxury bazaar’, architect Georges Chedanne’s Art Nouveau building is famous worldwide for its glass dome and atrium and is the origin of a retail empire which spans 59 stores in France as well as international outposts in Berlin, Beijing, Jakarta and Dubai.

The Boulevard Haussmann store is the second most visited tourist attraction in Paris, after the Eiffel Tower, with 37 million visitors annually. It is the no 1 European department store by sales.

In February 2016 Galeries Lafayette announced that Bjarke Ingles BIG were tasked with the design of a new 9,000 sq m concept store on the Champs Elysées.

AL_A is now working up plans and aims to start on site in 2017.

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Location: Boulevard Haussmann, Paris, France

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