Closed since 2015, the mythical Post Office, located at 52 rue du Louvre, in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, reopened its doors on Tuesday January 18, after six years of spectacular renovation.
Built in 1886, this building previously housed postal services and mail sorting.
From now on, no less than eleven services will cohabit in this space of 32,000 square meters.
La Poste du Louvre will no longer operate 24 hours a day as before. It will now close at midnight every day.
In the basement, a 2,000 square meter urban logistics platform will allow postal workers to process mail and parcels. They will then be transported to the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th arrondissement of Paris by cargo bikes.
A new decor
The decor of the 1960s has disappeared to make way for a contemporary, bright space, open both to the street and to the interior courtyard. A radical restoration, which made it possible to find the original paintings of the ceiling.
The traditional counters have disappeared, with the exception of a single one. In their place, sales terminals and multimedia screens await customers.
A Citroën Type H van has also been transformed into a mini-exam room to pass the highway code.
“Conceptual” offices and shops
In addition to housing part of the private bank “Banque Postale”, the nine-storey building now houses a luxury hotel, called “Madame Rêve”.
In the spring, a bar will open its doors. It will offer a breathtaking view of the center of Paris. The real estate program also includes social housing, a police station, offices and thirteen themed shops that La Poste wants to be “conceptual”.