La Co(o)rniche Hotel Designed by Philippe Starck [France]

“One of the strongest, most beautiful, most poetic, most surreal, and most powerful place in nature.” Philippe Stark – La Co(o)rniche Hotel is an extraordinary location. Key landmark in the Pilat-Plage district in Pyla-Sur-Mer near Bordeaux, the vantage point over the Arcachon basin, backing onto the highest dune in Europe, it is suspended between sea and sky, nestling between sand and pines. This former 1930s hunting lodge in the heart of a preserved site, evokes the Golden Age and the invention of the Côte d’Argent.

A luxury family and essential features the new look of the hotel, that Philippe Starck has helped: the terrace, bar and restaurant have a breathtaking decor and minimalist but at the same time warm. The neo-Basque interior, strongly backed by the very first manufacturer Louis Gaume, has been maintained to avoid losing the magical aura that surrounds the whole building.

Dark wood, frescoes, period furniture contribute to strengthen this particular and evocative atmosphere, thanks to safe stay out of the ordinary. However, some hint of modern style is recognizable, especially in the bedroom, where materials such as glass and steel, blend well with a pure white, common to both intent to the most surreal contemporary era.

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