French designer Philippe Starck and Dominique Gros, mayor of Metz, France, unveiled plans for the Maison Heler Metz, Curio Collection by Hilton. Located in the new Quartier de l’Amphithéâtre, the 14-story Maison Heler Metz will be the first hotel entirely created and developed from the ground up by Starck. (A timetable for the 119-key project was not disclosed.)
Located on Metz’s former freight station, the monolithic and monochromatic building will be topped by an 18th century traditional Alsatian home with a rooftop terrace and garden. The house will also feature a restaurant and lounge bar.
“This project is an ‘out-of-scale’ phantasmagoric architecture,” says Starck. “It’s a game about uprooted roots, a symbolic construction of the Lorraine region.”
Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president, development, EMEA, Hilton, added: “Maison Heler Metz is a unique property, the design of which perfectly captures the spirit of our handpicked Curio Collection by Hilton hotels. This will be Metz’s first high-end hotel opening in a number of years and an impressive addition to our portfolio in France, which continues to be the most visited country in the world.”
The hotel project includes a $27.65 million investment led by Yvon Gérard and a consortium of investors and will join more than 20 other Curio Collection by Hilton hotels either operating or under construction in Europe.