Monpazier - France
ERA - Enrico Realacci Architectures
Photo Credits
Enrico Realacci Architectures | Roberto Pastrovicchio


  • Location Monpazier - France
  • Date 2023
  • Studio ERA - Enrico Realacci Architectures
  • Photo Credits Enrico Realacci Architectures | Roberto Pastrovicchio

The bastide of Monpazier is an outstanding example of medieval architecture. Founded in 1284 by order of Edward I, King of England, its original appearance and size have remained almost unaltered. Here, In the heart of this medieval village in the Dordogne region, within a historic building, the ERA architectural firm has created a 5-star boutique hotel. The objective of the restoration and redevelopment – under the watchful eye of the Bâtiments de France – was to highlight the stratified traces of eight centuries of history: from a noble palace to a bourgeois home, all the way to its new role as a hotel, where modern amenities find perfect harmony with the past, both in the common areas and in the rooms themselves.

Hotel Le Chevalier Bleu: Photo 21


To restore the original spirit of the building, as well as its natural elegance, the ERA Studio chose two different collections by Cotto d’Este, which were used to clad both the common areas and the rooms. The external spaces of the courtyard feature Limestone in the Oyster shade: large slabs measuring 90x90cm, with a thickness of 20mm, that replicate the look of stone thanks to moulds taken directly from the natural material. This product exhibits a particularly rough surface due to the fired finish, thus making the collection perfect for outdoor use. To create continuity between exterior and interior spaces, Limestone Oyster was also used to clad the surfaces of the spa area, the inside of the swimming pool, and the floors of the bathrooms and hotel rooms. Here 90x90cm slabs, with a thickness of 14mm, in the Natural finish, were used which feature a matte surface with a slight patina effect, giving them a soft and welcoming feel.

Meanwhile, the Vanity collection in the Bianco Statuario shade and glossy finish takes centre stage in the hotel bar, the spa bathrooms, and the room bathrooms. This product was chosen for its ability to enhance the aesthetics of the most elegant and minimalist marbles with subtle patterns, light veining, and delicate chiaroscuro effects. In the bar area specifically, the glossy finish of the counter and wall adds a bright touch, creating contrast with the other materials in the environment. Furthermore, both Limestone in the 14mm thick version and Vanity are part of the PROTECT® line. This extremely high performance anti-bacterial flooring and cladding ensures healthy, safe, and protected environments, thus allowing people to relax and enjoy their spaces worry-free.

Hotel Le Chevalier Bleu: Photo 23
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  • 90x90 cm
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  • 120x260 cm
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