*파리 여행자를 위한 호스텔 [ Matali Crasset ] Hi Matic Hotel


파리를 여행하는 여행자를 위한 하이메틱 호텔은

별다섯개 등급의 고급 숙박시설을 갖추고 있지 않지만 여행자들에게 모자람 없는

기능적 공간을 제공합니다.

독립적이며 기능적인 가구들은 다양한 컬러로 디자인 된 내부 공간과

현대적인 모던함의 디테일 속에서 매치됩니다.

특히 현대디자인의 특징중 하나인 플렉서블한 가구의 활용성

제한적인 공간적 한계를 다양한 프로그램으로 확장하는 실용성을 보여줍니다.

여행자들을 위한 객실은 일본식 로칸을 현대적 모던함으로 재해석하여

공간적 간결함을 보여줍니다. 사용자의 쓰임새에 따라 숙면을 취할 수 있는

침실로 때로는 작은 모임을 할 수 있는 공간으로 사용 할 수 있습니다.

파리에 들린다면 꼭 한번 이용해봐야겠습니다.

무엇보다도 대담한 색감이 주는 강렬함이 지나치지 않고 모던하게 다가오는

재미있는 공간력입니다.


reviewed by SJ


In Paris's 11th Arrondissement, the Bastille district, French design maven Matali Crasset has composed delightfully unique and über contemporary design hotel for weary travelers to lay their heads. Hi Matic is part Japanese ryokan, part hostel, part technophile's dream (virtually everything is automated from reservations to check-in to check-out), and wholly a hypersaturated chromatic delight. It's located in a bustling neighborhood a stone's throw from Canal St. Martin, Pere-Lachaise cemetery, and Opera Bastille, and four metro stops are in the vicinity; Notre Dame and all of the Left Bank attractions are a 30 minute stroll away. But before I get side tracked by City of Light at large, let's have a look inside…

Here's the lobby with an elevated seating area. Very treehouse like. Crasset designed all of the furniture in the hotel and though everything is unique to Hi Matic, she hopes for more universal applications. "This project was thought to be eventually duplicated and is particularly adaptable for independent hoteliers who want to renovate," she says.


A large map to help guest plan their daily adventures. 

Guests check themselves in via computer terminals, like at an airport. There's still a concierge on staff, but instead of being chained to a reception desk, he or she is free to roam about the hotel, fielding questions from guests and assisting them in a more casual, convivial way. 

Another cozy seating "pod" in the lobby, complete with reading material stowed in the cubbies below. It, like all of the furnishings, was designed by Crasset. "The project is a renovation so the main challenge was not to break any walls or change the structure of the building," says Crasset. "All of the rooms are different and I had to develop a concept that could adapt to any of them."

The vending machine in the lobby dispenses maps of Paris, guide books, international plug adapters, toiletries, cds—random odds and ends that travelers often need but forget to pack. 

In the canteen, a communal table stretches through the center and smaller, more private tables dot the periphery. I love the contrast of the minimal furniture throughout the hotel, which stands up to the strong color scheme. "All the structures are made of birch plywood and I wanted to contrast the wood with colors because, for me, life is colorful," Crasset says.

Grab a complimentary organic continental breakfast from the vending machine in the morning. Here are some of the comestibles available from the hotel, a simple spread of bread, jam, and juice. 

The design is based off of the ryokan, Edo-period Japan's version of a motel. Traditionally, these simple accommodations consisted of small tatami-matted rooms, a communal gathering area, and shared bath. Crasset also says that the design takes its cues from youth hostels. 

I've stayed in my fair share of hostels, and as a defacto connoisseur of said hostels, this looks light years beyond anything I've ever stayed in. The prices for the rooms are also light years beyond—though much more affordable than most design hotels—starting at 106€ for a "Mini Cabin" (shown here) and heading up to 175€ for a "View Cabin." 

"The rooms are conceived on a model of a cabin," explains Crasset. "And each cabin offers all the services of a comfortable room, but with nothing hung on the wall to keep a maximum of space free." Each room is furnished with a multi-use structure. By day, it's a place to lounge, crack open a book, or pen a letter. 

By night, it transforms into a fort-like sleeping space. Just unravel the sleeping pad that's stowed atop. The fact that you slumber on the floor (well, a Memory Foam "tatami mat" on the floor) is one of Crasset's favorite aspects of the hotel. I can't vouch for the comfort level, but I'm told that it's quite nice. 

Here's a graphic explaining how to stow everything away. 

Here's a colorful detail from one of the cabins. 

Here's another look inside the Mini Cabin. Still pretty spacious! For more information, and to make a reservation, visit hi-matic.net.


from  dwell


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