The Ministry of Culture approves the project for the Hôtel Lambert

local/cache-vignettes/L289xH217/Hotel_Lambert_small-844ef.jpg23/6/09 – Heritage – Paris, Hôtel Lambert – Christine Albanel stated in a press release that she had : “decided to follow the advice of the national commission for historical monuments of last 9 March and authorized, according to the heritage code, the project for the Hôtel Lambert, a private residence, listed entirely as a Monument historique[…]”. Let us remember that this commission had approved – with some reservations – this project, amended after a heated public debate (see article of 11/3/09). Although the revised version was undoubtedly an improvement over the original, not everything, however, had been resolved as recalled here, in French, by the architectural historian Claude Mignot.
This specialist is today happy “to see that the authorization for the project at the Hôtel Lambert includes most of the amendments of the Commission nationale des Monuments historiques, as well as several recommendations by the Commission du Vieux Paris, notably that the latter be associated on a regular basis to the scientic committee in charge of supervising the project, as many of the points of this restoration still require important adjustments”. He nevertheless continues “to regret very deeply the approval to dig under the courtyard for a parking lot : its area is reduced to respect the building norms on the Ile Saint-Louis, but why spoil a historical landmark for four parking spots ?” He adds that this is “a decision taken in the short term, which will be regretted in five or ten years from now : the claim of applying ‘sustainable development’ is only a slogan dissembling an irreversible distortion of a major architectural landmark of our heritage.” The Minister’s statement does in fact declare that “the project is part of a sustainable development effort [as] the system of thermal regulation based on geothermic power avoids any use of air conditioning.” This sentence does indeed seem a bit fuzzy and very “politically correct”.
We hope that the work is carried out in a totally “transparent” manner as promised by both the Minister of culture, having designated the Commission du Vieux Paris to supervise the project, and the owner’s lawyer who stated he wished to leave the site accessible to the media.

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Didier Rykner, mardi 23 juin 2009

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