Goddard Littlefair’s elegant redesign of a former Parisian Marriott Courtyard hotel, now part of the boutique Tribute Portfolio, skillfully combines classical architecture with postmodern innovation. Situated in Boulogne-Billancourt, a hub for innovation and technology, the historic property once functioned as a bank.
The design takes inspiration from the area’s involvement in the modernist age and the enigmatic French cinematic figure, Monsieur Hulot (The Blurred Man), whose presence serves as a hidden muse throughout the hotel.
Goddard Littlefair’s Porto studio artfully reimagined the hotel’s bar and reception area, weaving in a striped motif that reflects the building’s facade details and playfully references Mr. Hulot’s iconic striped socks. The bar achieves a delicate balance between period and modernist aesthetics, acknowledging the building’s history as a bank while seamlessly integrating contemporary design elements.
A sophisticated colour palette, inspired by French film era graphics, characterises the reception lobby and bar. Abstract art commissions provide subtle glimpses of the hotel’s concealed muse, as evidenced by the meandering pipe smoke displayed in wall art.
This synthesis of eras, represented by the muse, resurfaces in the guest rooms, which feature either warm terracotta and burnt orange hues or soothing sage green palettes. Mid-century modernist-inspired furnishings, softened for contemporary comfort, adorn the rooms. Le Corbusier’s unmistakable influence appears in bespoke furniture and lighting designs, marked by bold black lines and metallic finishes, as well as the striking graphic patterns and carpet designs used in the bedrooms and corridors.
The rooftop bar presents stunning views of Square Léon Blum and the distant Eiffel Tower.
This space pays tribute to the area’s filmmaking heritage, merging cinema-style lounge seating with Parisian cafe chairs and tables, all nestled among the verdant tree-tops, creating a refined atmosphere for guests to enjoy.