Metz Mayor Dominique Gros, internationally acclaimed creator Philippe Starck and Hilton unveiled plans for the development of Maison Heler Metz, Curio Collection by Hilton. The 14-story hotel, which will operate under Curio Collection by Hilton in a landmark agreement unveiled at MIPIM, includes a €22.5m investment led by Yvon Gérard and a consortium of investors.
“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.
Curio Collection by Hilton is made up of nearly 50 remarkable hotels selected for their unique character and celebrated for their individuality. Maison Heler Metz joins more than 20 Curio Collection by Hilton hotels, trading or under construction properties in Europe.
“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 calibre come to Metz and there are exciting times ahead for the city.”
“This project is an ‘out-of-scale’ phantasmagoric architecture,” said Philippe Starck. “It's a game about uprooted roots, a symbolic construction of the Lorraine region.”
The monolithic and monochromatic building topped by the 18th century traditional Alsatian home will be a unique destination for guests and local residents. The house will rest atop the 14th floor and include a rooftop terrace and garden, offering breath-taking views over the entire city. The 119-room hotel will feature a restaurant, a lounge bar, as well as a fitness centre and private meeting spaces.
“Philippe Starck is a pioneer of international design and we are very proud to be working with him on this project,” said Yvon Gerard, co-founder of Maison Heler and leader of the project.
The hotel is part of the social, ecological and economic development of Metz, in a new neighbourhood dedicated to culture, housing and business. Located on Metz’s former freight station, Maison Heler Metz is the most ambitious urban planning development launched in the region for a century. As the first high-rise building (IGH) built in the Moselle region complying with the HQE – RT2012 High Environment Quality standards, Maison Heler Metz is situated with immediate proximity to the Centre Pompidou-Metz, the Muse shopping centre and the Congress Centre, which will all diversify and strengthen the attractiveness of this landmark hotel.
“Maison Heler Metz is a fantastic addition to the Quartier de l'Amphithéâtre. Improving the region’s hotel offerings, this property will be a destination in its own right,” said Jean-Luc Bohl, chairman of Metz Métropole.