Designer Philippe Starck is bringing a surreal touch to the Hilton Hotels. The French design legend’s vision imagines a 14 storey tower that is topped not by a roof or terrace, but by an 18th-century Alsatian style house. This dreamy building is intended for Metz, France and will operate under the Curio Collection by Hilton. It’s being called Maison Heler Metz.
The tower will be a monolithic and monochromatic building while the house on top is to include a rooftop terrace and even a garden complete with local trees. The house will also hold a cozy and poetic restaurant and lounge bar while the 119 rooms below it will feature the usual Hilton comfort and elegance with modern amenities.
“Metz is going through a revival. The opening of the Centre Pompidou Metz and the wider Quartier de l’Amphithéâtre redevelopment is attracting investment and drawing household names such as Philippe Starck and Hilton’s Curio Collection,” said Dominique Gros, mayor of Metz. “It’s great to see projects of this caliber come to Metz and there are exciting times ahead for the city.”
To Starck, the project is a habitable, surreal and poetic work of art that is also a strong symbol for the region. “This project is an ‘out-of-scale’ phantasmagoric architecture. It’s a game about uprooted roots, a symbolic construction of the Lorraine region,” he said.
“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,” said Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president, development, EMEA, Hilton.