For the past few months, a sumptuous faceted diamond has adorned the intersection between the Grand-Rue and boulevard Royal in Luxembourg. Its name? Galeries Lafayette. Quite simply.
Norman Foster and his associates are at the origin of this creation, in collaboration with the Luxembourg studio Tetra Kayzer. Inaugurated last December, the Luxembourg location of the famous Parisian luxury brand is nothing short of spectacular. It is difficult to ignore it. The seven-floor building, reminiscent of a diamond, radiates and reacts to sunlight. The facade, all glass and metal, is an assembly of transparent and bronze-coloured panels. Throughout the day, the colour, reflections and shadows animate the facade as if it were a jewel.
The Galeries Lafayette are already present in several major international cities such as Istanbul, Beijing, Dubai or Berlin. The Luxembourg branch is the first major shopping centre in the city centre.
36.000m2 of offices and housing
The 6,500m2 inside the store are voluntarily stripped: the lighting and ventilation systems are visible, no ceiling or partition masks technical details. The different floors are built around a glazed atrium that brings natural light throughout the building. On the top floor there is a rooftop restaurant and a hanging garden. This installation of Galeries Lafayette is part of the Royal Hamilius project, a 36,000m2 island between the rue Aldringen and boulevard Royal. A new living and working area where modern and functional offices will join new-generation housing in a lively and green setting.