Hôtel-Dieu, the oldest hospital located in the heart of Paris, sits on Île de la Cité, one of the two natural islands on the Seine, and in the immediate vicinity of the Notre-Dame Cathedral, as a significant place for the residents of the French capital. For centuries, this architectural landmark has withstood both the changing cityscape and its dynamically shifting role in healthcare. Despite numerous metamorphoses – expansions, reconstructions, damages from fires, and the passage of time – it remains a respite for those seeking support. Over time, Hôtel-Dieu has also adapted to the needs of a changing society and scientific advancements. Today, while maintaining its medical functions, the hospital is also a vital hub for medical research and a home for innovative start-ups.
Cyril Delhomme, Maison Solide and Studio BOLOZ designed an installation in the courtyard of Hôtel-Dieu dedicated to all users of this place: staff, patients, caregivers, and start-ups from the innovation and health sector. The story of Hôtel-Dieu’s evolution begins at the entrance hall, where visitors are greeted by a series of symbolic illustrations bridging the past, present, and future of this historic venue.