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Renovation of Bendor island

A stone's throw from Bandol on the French Riviera, Bendor offers a breath of fresh air, far from the hustle and bustle of the coast. On this small island, which was just a pile of rocks when Paul Ricard acquired it to concentrate everything he loved about the Mediterranean and to recharge his batteries, the atmosphere is multiplied, festive, sporting or contemplative. The golden age of festivities and creativity that characterized the island from the 1960s to the 1980s has gradually given way to obsolescence and the closure of some of the hotels. To rediscover the genius of the place and ensure the rebirth of Bendor without losing what makes its soul is the mission entrusted to Hardel Le Bihan in 2020, in association with the landscape designers Niez Studio. This massive renovation is rooted in the values of the Ricard family, with the most recent environmental requirements and the need for climate resilience.

Location
île de Bendor (83)
Programme
renovation of two hotels and a family estate. Renaturation of the island
Client
SAPR
Team
HPM
Team
Hardel Le Bihan Architectes, Niez Studio (landscape designer), Bouygues Construction (general contractor)
Calendar
On site, opening summer 2026
Certification
BREEAM, Bâtiments Durables Méditerranéens (BDM), BiodiverCity
Architectural team
Project manager(s)
Sandrine Restoux (études, chantier), Juliette Chourrout (études), François Louis (chantier)
Architects
Clément Bertin (faisabilité), Margaux Guilmeau, François Jacquelin, Kevin Guérin, Clara Letourneux (études)
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