The Hotel Métropole in Beaulieu-sur-Mer dates from the ‘Belle Époque’ and was built in 1892 for a north European clientelle visiting the newly fashionable Côte d’Azur. The current owner is hoping to carry out extensive renovations to the building and reopen a luxury 5 star hotel and spa. The interior designer Pierre Yovanovitch and garden designer Louis Benech have been asked to redesign the hotel and gardens and planning permission was being sought in the summer of 2014.
Working at Agence Louis Benech, I was responsible for the sketch-design and initial planning permission phases. Three terraces are to be created between the hotel and the sea to create outside dining areas for the restaurant and bar. Towards the sea an exotic garden, traditional to the Cote d’Azur, is proposed whilst in the gardens away from the sea a typical provançale garden of olive trees, lavander and other mediterranean species is planned.
The existing grounds contain a high number of mature trees and these are to be conserved wherever possible