LVMH splash out in architecture for the LA SAMARITAINE department store due 2012

World’s top largest luxury conglomerate LVMH have shared with French media the architectural vision for the LA SAMARITAINE, legendary Parisian department store, which will re-open next year, following almost five years of closure, mostly due to legal ownership and permits issues. LVMH owns not only La Samaritaine, but also Franck & Fils luxury department store in  Paris. 

The redesigned La Samaritaine will by enclosed by glass curtains, providing a feel of extra space and natural light. The design works are done by Japanese design company Sanaa de Kazuyo Sejima et Ryue Nishizawo which have also worked on several Dior stores worldwide and the Louvre project in Lens. Approvals from the local ”Vieux Paris” council will be needed for the go ahead of the design and all documentation will be filed by the end of next month.