ARCHITECTURE: Maison Martin Margiela et la Maison des Centraliens

When searching for designers and their architectural “adventures”, this hotel in the 8th arrondissement in Paris is a hidden treasure both for the architecture and fashion lovers.

Text: Mary Giatra


Almost two years have past since the announcement of an important cooperation. “La maison des Centraliens”, would become the first hotel decorated by Martin Margiela. A unique blend of traditional architecture and fast-forward minimalism was about to take place in this old townhouse with the rich history.

Located in the centre of “The Golden Triangle” -Champs-Elysées, Avenue Montaigne, the Grand Palais and the Place de la Concorde-, the building was first built in 1864 for no other than royalty. Later, the private home underwent a big renovation that would turn it into a luxury hotel and it was the year 2011 that Martin Margiela would make it a personal project.

Out of respect to the hotel’s history, the Belgian fashion designer had to treat it with class and elegance. Keeping in mind that Paris is also an avant-garde fashion capital, all things Parisian would become the concept. MMM successfully found the way to combine classic architecture with modern design. By using a more playful aesthetic, the studio turned the buildings old foundation into contemporary art.

The five-star estate in the heart of the City of Lights, redefines what a visitor might expect from a hotel. Simplicity and drama are all there; a living proof of what mixing tradition and modern thinking can achieve.


“We have created a theatrical environment where reality and trompe-l’oeil are mixing together. The result is several sets with intertwined references giving an atypical ambiance harmoniously opposing past and present.”

Maison Martin Margiela


photos via new york times, dezeen and designboom