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Hotel de Crillon Closed for Two Year Refurbishment Work

Workers have a difficult task modernizing this historic building while retaining its much-loved soul and spirit

The historic and extravagantly expensive Hotel de Crillion in the center of Paris closed its doors last month to begin a two-year renovation project. Funded by Prince Mitab bin Abdullah of Saudi Arabia who bought the former palace for 250m, the rich-veined marble lobby and winding stairs leading up to salons overlooking the Eiffel tower, once walked byMarie Antoinette, Benjamin Franklin and Ernest Hemingway, will be reserved for builders and architects, save for the sporadic visits of Middle East royalty checking in on progress.

However modernizing a hotel while retaining a soul and feel loved by regular residents is a huge undertaking, and this challenge is magnified by the fact that many of the rooms are national historic monuments, restricting the work that can be done. Matt Turner of hotel design magazine Sleeper says that this is a problem for anybody trying to renovate historic hotels. “The most successful refurbishment manages to keep the spirit of the original hotel, while adding a contemporary polish. It needs to pass the ‘regulars and local test’, as those people often feel a sort of ownership of these historic buildings.”

In keeping with a building both woven into the fabric of France’s history and now in foreign hands, this project has been given to three Parisian decorators Chahan Minassian, Cyril Vergniol, Tristan Auer and overseen by Lebanese architect Alined’Amman, who have together been tasked with rooting this 250 year old building more firmly in the modern age. And while the overall design remains a secret, the designers said in a press release that, “The 7th floor will be imagined as a `quarter within the hotel’ where fashion designers and brands can collaborate with the Crillon to decorate the suites.”

The management structure is also going to be evolved along with the project itself, with rumors suggesting that the contract will go to Swiss-based Kempinski who already have the experience of managing a portfolio of historic hotels across the world. When the hotel opens for business again, whoever wins this contract will have the task of attracting the rich, the famous and the barflies that swarm around Paris every night. This refurbishment could help the new management here, with such work having a long history of invigorating the revenue of such hotels. London’s Claridge’s increased turnover by 38% and profitability by 90% after similar work and at the Savoy gross operating markets increased by 10% after reopening in 2010. However it still remains to be seen whether the Hotel de Crillon will follow this trend.

Nucor Metal Buildings


Nucor Announces 160th consecutive cash dividend – A Metal Garage


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Nucor Cold Finish-Nebraska Earns Recognition as – A Metal Garage


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Alloy System Serving Twin VTD's at Nucor Steel Arkansas


ICD Group is proud to announce the successful start-up of their Alloy System serving Twin VTD's at Nucor Steel Arkansas on October 31, 2012! ICD supplied a “turnkey” alloy system from truck receiving through discharge to


Nucor Selects St. James Parish, Louisiana, for Iron Making Facility


The 2,500,000 tons-per-year iron making facility will use direct reduction technology to convert natural gas and iron ore pellets into high quality direct reduced iron (“DRI”) used by Nucor's steel mills, along with recycled scrap, Products produced include: carbon and alloy steel — in bars, beams, sheet and plate; steel joists and joist girders; steel deck; fabricated concrete reinforcing steel; cold finished steel; steel fasteners; metal building systems; light gauge steel


Nucor, Encana Team Up In Drilling Agreement


Nucor Corporation announced it has entered into a long-term agreement with Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. for an onshore natural gas drilling program in the continental United States. Products produced include: carbon and alloy steel – in bars, beams, sheet and plate; steel piling; steel joists and joist girders; steel deck; fabricated concrete reinforcing steel; cold finished steel; steel fasteners; metal building systems; steel grating and expanded metal; and wire and


Metal Buildings Erectors – Top Rated Contractor Construction FBE


However, in today's market Steel Buildings and Metal Buildings are opening up a whole new avenue of architectural diversity and long lasting building solutions and they have a number of advantages. skills, and safety management needed to do the job right. Facility Builders & Erectors proudly works with CBC Steel Buildings to deliver high quality steel buildings. CBC uses 100% U.S. steel and our buildings are fabricated in California for our market. CBC Nucor Steel. Resources


White Elephant Buildings Roundup


Literal Architecture: 12 Awful Buildings Designed to Look Like Other


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White Elephant Buildings! | Design & the Bottom Line


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The BBC's Great White Elephant–How New Media Buildings


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Northrop Auditorium, a U icon and white elephant, transforming for


The University of Minnesota's Northrop Memorial Auditorium has been described as "the Carnegie Hall of the Midwest," "a major icon," an "architectural treasure" and "the second-most-recognized building in Minnesota.


Japanese Stimulus: Enough White Elephants Yet? – International


Where's Yer White People Now? On 'Saving' Egypt · Too Long in Exile: ADB's Kuroda Next BoJ Guv'nor? Japanese Stimulus: Enough White Elephants Yet? …. Throw in various ports and stations used once in a blue moon and you have white elephant projects up the wazoo. Japan's construction workforce is also shrinking: today it is a third smaller than in 1997 and building firms are already having trouble finding workers to rebuild areas from the 2011 disaster.


The 'White Elephant' Problem: Unused Public Architecture | loci


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Are these buildings White Elephants? |AlbinoPhant


The term white elephant may be completely misrepresented when used to describe ugly structures. You must be the judge as to what is a real white elephant.


Famous Buildings In Chicago


5 Sights in Chicago an Architecture Lover Will Appreciate | Earth Torch


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Chicago Architecture Saved from Demolition | Chicago Detours Blog


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Week 5: Union Station | Chicago Architecture Weekly


the company responsible for many of Chicago's most famous buildings. From Beaux-Arts to Chicago Style to Art Deco, they grew and changed with trending architectural styles and philosophies, and gave us such familiar and


Chicago's Famous Buildings A Photographic Guide | citylab


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Lost Warehouse on Ashland Boulevard | A Chicago Sojourn


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5 Fun Ways to Tour Chicago – Lost Intentions


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Famous Buildings in Chicago | Split Pillow


There are many famous buildings in Chicago. Chicago is the largest city in Illinois and 2.7 million people live in this city. If you decide to visit the “Windy City,” take a tour and explore some of the best built structures in the world


Eco Building Design Inspiration


Eco buildings all seem to be the rage currently. Especially with DIY homes building / construction type shows being on the television all of the time. 

Listed below are some of my favourite eco building ideas to hopefully whet you appetitie. 

Earthship Global Model: Radically Sustainable Buildings.

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Green future is possible! The eco house of Simon Dale WWW.GOODNEWS.WS

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cob eco building – cobville tour part 2 of 2

http://www.permies.com This part of the tour is hosted by Ianto Evans and features three much larger cob buildings. Including one that is designed to show off a cob home designed for suburbia.


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Go Green: How to Make a Hemp House of Pain-less Green Building Materials

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The Construction Industry And The Economy


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Fall in construction – another trigger for rate cut? – Ninemsn


Fall in construction – another trigger for rate cut?NinemsnFor the building and construction industry, mixed economic results in recent times don't provide a clear picture of what's happening in the industry. Land sales are falling, while new home sa …


Eye on the Economy: Builders' Worries Rise with Improving Markets


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The Housing Market is on the Rise: Opportunities in Green Building


The economy is recovering, and vacancy rates are declining. That's great news for the green building industry. This change can be attributed largely to builders creating new units at a rate much closer to the rate of market demand, rather than completely outstripping demand. Declining vacancy rates are beneficial for the economy at large, but also for green building, which gained significant ground last year. With the greater economy picking up, there's even more


Eye on the Economy: Home Builder Confidence Reaches Five-Year


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Eye on the Economy: Construction is Growing. So Where are the


This has been a good year for home building. Home prices are showing gains and household balance sheets continue to improve. Those developments have spurred increases in home sales and home construction.


Building Permits, Home Values and Builder Confidence are Up


The market that once dragged the economy down seems to be the one now breathing some life into it. real estate market news In November, building permits, a measure for future construction, rose 3.6 percent to 899,000.


Eye on the Economy: The Virtuous Circle of Home Building and


With about half of those jobs created in the construction sector alone, home building has the potential to help transform a sluggish economic recovery into a more robust expansion. It's also true that a faster pace of job creation


Wanted: Builders Building Homes | Realtor Magazine


The inventory of homes for sale peaked at 4.5 million units in 2007, fueling the big drop in home prices that we've seen. Today, we have the opposite problem: Only 2.49 million homes are for sale, even though demand has risen some 10