40, rue de Sèvres

40, rue de Sèvres - Cour d'honneur ©Thierry Depagne
40 rue de Sèvres - Cour d'honneur ©Thierry Depagne
Well known to Parisians as the former Laennec Hospital until 2000, 40, rue de Sèvres in Paris’ 7th arrondissement is now home to Kering's and Balenciaga's head offices. Originally founded as the "Hospital for the incurables" in 1634, it was renamed "Hôpital Laennec" in 1878.
This historic site, which is one of the heritage treasures of the capital, opened its doors to the public on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September 2017 for the 34th edition of the European Heritage Days.

Visitors discovered a selection of contemporary artwork from the Pinault Collection, haute couture creations from the Balenciaga archives, as well as to take a virtual reality journey into the history of the site.





Free entry on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September 2017

from 10am to 6pm


Adress : 40, rue de Sèvres – Paris 7th arrondissement


Metros : Vaneau (line 10), Sèvres-Babylone (lines 12 & 10),

Duroc (line 13) or Saint-Placide (line 4)





Kering 40, rue de Sèvres_illustration Pierre Le-Tan
40, rue de Sèvres - illustration © Pierre Le-Tan

       After the success of the opening of 40 rue de Sèvres for the Heritage Days in 2016, I wanted to offer a new way of discovering the unique beauty of this place. The two new temporary exhibitions combine heritage and creation, two fundamental values that embody the luxury group we are: the first, with a selection of works signed by renowned artists from the contemporary arts scene, both multicultural and universal; the second, through the creations of Cristóbal Balenciaga, one of the most avant-garde creators of his time.

François-Henri Pinault

Chairman and CEO of Kering



Dedicated to caring for the poor for nearly 370 years following its establishment in 1634, the “Hospital for the incurables” was renamed “Hôpital Laennec” in 1878. It is part of the lineage of Paris’ great hospitals, which includes the Invalides and Salpêtrière, Laennec distinguishes itself through its sober architecture.
The 17,200 m² of the central buildings, located on either side of a chapel built during the reign of Louis XIII, now house Kering’s and Balenciaga’s offices.
The preliminary study of the renovation project, which was entrusted to Benjamin Mouton, Chief architect of France’s historical monuments, unveiled the unusual history of the site. The renovation was an immensely complex challenge: making the best of the premises while losing none of its original charm, recapturing its former beauty without erasing the rich history that saw it evolve over nearly four centuries. Furthermore, all this had to be done while respecting the historically classified status of certain elements, such as the chapel, and ensuring that the entire area could accommodate a working environment in line with contemporary expectations and requirements.

  • 40 rue de Sèvres - Chapelle © Eric Sander
  • Journées du Patrimoine 2017 - exposition Faire Avec / Subodh Gupta, Very Hungry God ©Diane Arques
  • Journées du Patrimoine 2017 - Exposition Balenciaga ©Eric Sander
  • 40, rue de Sèvres - Cour d'honneur ©Thierry Depagne
  • 40 rue de Sèvres - Jardin du chevet © Eric Sander
  • 40, rue de Sèvres - Jardin du Chevet de la Chapelle ©Thierry Depagne
  • 40, rue de Sèvres - Cour Saint-Louis ©Thierry Depagne
  • 40, rue de Sèvres - Voutes, bâtiments centraux ©Thierry Depagne

After ten years of study and three years of work, the former hospice has been restored to its historic appearance and has taken on new roles that will now help safeguard its existence.

Benjamin Mouton,

Chief architect of France's historic monuments



Respect for modernity and stringent environmental standards – a concern that underpins Kering’s entire strategy and business approach – is also reflected in the project’s compliance with the highest standards of environmental protection. Fitted with the latest in working comfort and technology, 40, rue de Sèvres is among the first historical monuments to be awarded the French HQE1 environmental label.



In order to adhere as closely as possible to the range of plant life available in 17th and 18th century Europe, but also to recapture the quasi-religious atmosphere that used to characterise these gardens – half vegetable plots, half places for contemplation – Raguin opted for a simple and serene approach featuring soft colours. The resulting gardens exude a certain serenity and calm all year round, drawn from this fairly austere approach.

        When I began to work on the site around five years ago, what struck me the most was seeing this sort of tiny jewel emerging, an extraordinary space that seemed to exist outside of Paris itself. The city is right on our doorstep and yet we are in another place where all is calm and silent. A garden is always the result of a joint effort. The peacefulness that emanates from these gardens no doubt brought us together and helped us in succeeding to restore the gardens to their former glory.

Philippe Raguin,

Landscape gardener