Founded in 1101 by Robert d’Arbrissel, a charismatic and iconoclastic preacher, located on the borders of the regions of Anjou, Touraine and Poitou, Fontevraud Abbey is one of the largest monastic sites remaining from the middle ages. A UNESCO-classified historic monument following its founding principals: to be a model community – ‘La cité idéale’, an ideal city. Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku succeeded in offering a journey between tradition and modernity in the transformation of the Saint Lazare priory in the heart of the Abbey into a 4 star hotel. They did not want the visitors to forget where they were, on the contrary they wanted to assure an intimate experience of the site, allowing the visitors to appropriate fragments of the past in comfort. They created clever furniture and micro architecture in natural materials chosen for their quality, to be able to address the thermal and acoustic issues in the refectory and the chapel, and the lack of natural light in the chapter house. You can recognize their signature style: simple and elegant. Have participated to this project as well: Agence Gabor Mester de Paradj, Groupe SLA Architecture and L’Observatoire International for the lighting.