Méthos is working on the La Samaritaine revamp. This emblematic Art Nouveau and Art Deco landmark in central Paris, which housed the well-known department store, will be reopening soon and be reshuffling the surrounding neighbourhood, which embraces a wealth of facets and populations. As summer approaches, Méthos teams have practically relocated to this area to spend as much time as possible getting to know the places and people, on an ethnographic immersion among the populations frequenting the place, i.e. the tourists and people living in and around Paris, at day and at night. Etienne Marcel, Rue de Rivoli, Châtelet, Les Halles and the Louvre Museum are only a stone’s throw from each other, look and feel utterly different from each other, and live together nonetheless.
We sense this wealth in the heart of Paris every day we are out there working in the field. Here are some images of the book we published at the end of the study