The highly-celebrated Louvre post renovation is almost ready.
It’s the start of a new chapter for the largest post office in all of France. The historic building is being reborn as a multi-use space for retail, housing, co-working and a five-star hotel.
We take a look at the project, in the making since 2015, as it prepares to open in 2021.
Much more than a post office
Set on rue du Louvre in the 1st arrondissement (district), the Louvre post office is one of the area’s most distinctive buildings.
In 1886 architect Julien Guadet designed the vast Haussmannian building, which is a short stroll from the world-famous Louvre Museum. But as we reported in this blog a few years ago, this grand structure is completely changing.
Its renaissance is part of the innovative plans set out by La Poste, the French post office group.
While it will remain a post office, it’s set to become so much more, with the interiors completely restructured and transformed into a mixed-use development.
The architect managing the project is Dominique Perrault, renowned for his design of the French National Library. His new project has taken five years, but the wait is almost over.
The new-look building is opening in 2021, and offers Parisians a range of new opportunities and experiences.
Further details of the Louvre post renovation
While the exterior of the 32,000 m² building remains largely unchanged, the interiors are now unrecognizable.
The exciting new space for Paris includes a huge courtyard in the heart of the building. From that visitors can access thirteen brand-new shops, a brasserie, offices, a daycare center, and even a new police station.
It also promises a rich cultural, artistic, and sports program, with events and workshops utilizing the new space.
The two basement levels will accommodate parking spaces and 1,000 m² for ‘necessary urban logistics,’ according to the plans.
The capital’s newest boutique hotel
The Louvre post renovation brings with it another new feature for Paris: the capital’s newest boutique hotel.
The Elegancia Hotels Group, renowned for their stylish design hotels, is opening its newest property here.
The hotel occupies the whole of the third floor, and boasts 82 rooms and suites. Design features include a glass roof topped by a pergola, along with a green 500 m² rooftop terrace. Alongside the hotel’s chic lounge bar, it’s big enough to walk and promenade while enjoying exceptional 360° views of the city.
Open to the public, the hotel’s terrace is set to draw guests from far and wide, eager to experience this new viewpoint over the city.
56Paris, here for you
As with all exciting new developments of this scale, at 56Paris we expect renewed interest in the real estate markets surrounding the Louvre. The first district is one of the city’s most desirable, where properties rarely come on the market. Prices are already trending up, with a 6.2% increase over the past year.
This will only increase following the opening of the neighboring Bourse du Commerce, housing the art collection of French billionaire François Pinault. This is another hugely anticipated development scheduled to open next year.
If you have any questions about the real estate markets here in the French capital, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team at 56Paris. We offer free, no-obligation advice, and would love to hear from you.