The Molitor — Paris, France
After its 16th-arrondissement address was closed down in 1989, the Molitor stood derelict beside its empty 1929 pool for a quarter century, becoming an underground venue for street art and rave parties. Its latest reincarnation, however, is as a private sports club with a state-of-the art gym, Clarins spa, five-star hotel, restaurant and rooftop bar. Architect Jean-Philippe Nuel paid tribute to the venue’s history by restoring the original mosaic floors and stained-glass portholes, juxtaposing them with bare concrete walls and exposed ceiling ducts. The rebuilt outdoor pool remains the central element, its colour scheme echoed in the interior’s icy-blue glass accents and bulbous art deco furniture. The M Gallery hotel has 124 guest rooms and suites with terraces, all in a soothing monochrome scheme. Chef Yannick Alléno has created a nostalgic menu of fresh French dishes in keeping with the ambience. Best of all, the original ’jaune tango’ hue makes it an irresistible target for taggers to come.