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May 2015
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Sofitel and French architects

Line 1: Sofitel Buenos Aires Arroyo, Line 2: Sofitel Chicago, Line 3 : Sofitel Cairo El Gezirah, Line 4: Sofitel London St James, Line 5: Sofitel Paris Arc de Triomphe, Line 6: Sofitel Vienna stephansdom © DR

Even the most celebrated French architects are often invited by the chain to devise brand new hotel using their skills. Take as an example French architect Jean Nouvel, who designed the avant-garde masterpiece that is the Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom, the hotel’s first establishment in Austria. At night, the hotel becomes a lighthouse that lights up the city with horizontal explosions of coloured lights, designed by Swiss Pipilotti Rist. Interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon, known for his contemporary designed enhanced with a classic twist, injected a hint of timeless chic into the Sofitel Cairo El Gezirah, whilst bringing a vintage club atmosphere to the Sofitel London St James and marrying French elegance and Art Deco at the Sofitel Buenos Aires Arroyo. French architect Jean-Paul Viguier was left in charge of the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, imagining it as a prism made entirely of glass. This remarkable mix of art, architecture and contemporary style makes this one of the most notorious buildings in Chicago. Finally, the Sofitel Paris Arc-de-Triomphe, by French Studio Putman, embodies a symbol of contemporary Parisian chic. Just put: the Sofitel yearns to be the flag bearer of luxury and design à la francaise and repeatedly invites its best representatives to take part in these thoroughly inspired collaborations.

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