Relais de Chambord
Culture & Développement
Architect: WILMOTTE & ASSOCIES
heritage architect: MARTINE RAMAT
Architect of operation: CHEVALIER + GUILLEMOT
Control Office: VERITAS
Economist: CB ECONOMIE
Landscape design: ARCHITECTURE ET JARDIN
3 800 sq.m
55 bedrooms, 3 seminar rooms, 1 bar, 2 restaurants, 1 billiards room
1 spa, 4 levels.
Restructuring and extension of the Grand Saint-Michel hotel to become "Le Relais de Chambord".
The hotel is located on the grounds of the Château de Chambord, a listed historic monument and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Originally an outbuilding of the château, the buildings occupying the present site of the Hôtel Saint-Michel were transformed in the second third of the 19th century into a travellers' hotel under the name of "Hôtel Grand Saint-Michel". Renamed "Le Relais de Chambord", the aim of the hotel was to cater for both tourists and hunters, with special services for the latter.
This 4-star hotel is unique in that it offers an independent spa and a wine storehouse overlooking the vines. The existing farm buildings have been preserved in keeping with the local heritage, with stonework and exposed beams. Two contemporary additions, in the form of glass envelopes, link the old buildings together, both functionally and aesthetically. They thicken up the old buildings by creating additional passageways between them.
The play of transparency created by these glass volumes provides a glimpse of the outside world and reveals the activities taking place inside.
Developing an architectural project at the very heart of the Chambord estate is a dream and an honour for any architect. Accompanying the building, the interior and exterior fittings will enhance its position at the gates of the château, while reflecting a vision of modern heritage. The combination of a classical vocabulary and contemporary elements that denote a certain sobriety will be a guarantee of elegance.