Established in Colmar, La Maison des Têtes is a classical and listed building finished in 1609, whose name derives from the 109 small head models that ornate its renaissance style façade.
This building, today a five-star boutique hotel with two Michelin restaurants, is one of the main sights in Colmar and faces the indicated museum that was freshly restored and extended by Herzog and de Meuron.
In addition to a present brasserie, a luxury restaurant serving traditional French and Alsatian specialties, F+F studio’s client Eric Girardin wanted to build a modern restaurant offering a up-to-date gastronomy.
The reception of the boutique hotel was intended as a modest counter, a free terminal, that decreases the gap between guests and crew. It is made of lacquered MDF, also used for the side table and bench. Following a flush door are the back-offices and baggage area.
The restaurant Girardi diverges starkly with the renaissance outside and rusticity of its environment. Space has a range of roughly 30 places. The mood is whimsical and relaxed, focused on the experience of the food.
A combination between a screen and yurt, the nest — a centerpiece of the boutique hotel— is a structure that contains and coves a table without separating it, making for a more private environment, while setting the overall tone of the place. It is formed of a cantilevered frame building clad with textile scales in a geometrical design. The inside is white, outside colored linen that can be seen on the seats and rockers.
The Alsatian region is renowned for its elegant wines, so a wine cellar is housed in the boutique hotel. It is a room for enjoying and supporting alsatian wines, while also promoting wine tourism.