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Hotel Les Haras

IRCAD - Strasbourg

An equine and historical place

The Haras de Strasbourg stands out as an exceptional hotel-restaurant project. Over and above the tourist appeal of a four-star hotel and the first brasserie run by three-Michelin-starred chef Marc Haeberlin, the Haras de Strasbourg represents an innovative solution for enhancing the architectural heritage of major provincial cities.

The project is managed by the IRCAD - Institut de Recherche contre le Cancer de l'Appareil Digestif, chaired by Professor Jacques Marescaux. It combines architectural creativity and technological innovation, two expressions of French excellence, with an unprecedented philanthropic dimension for a historic rehabilitation project in France.

Jouin Manku designed the interior architecture of the Hotel and Brasserie, creating an ensemble characterized by its authenticity and modernity, evoking a certain idea of luxury and comfort inspired by the world of the horse, yet at the same time sober and subtle.

Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku have translated their vision of an equine and historical place, both noble and raw. The materials chosen are deliberately few, favoring raw wood, natural leather and blackened or brushed metal, to give a resolutely contemporary and uncluttered touch to this emblematic building in the city of Strasbourg.

As soon as the visitor arrives, they discover the extraordinary history of the site through a gigantic fresco created by the graphic artist Philippe David, the creator of the visual identity of the Haras. This fresco associates the horse, an epic and royal symbol, with images of science and medicine. Man, as a rider or scientist, also leaves his mark on the site. Alsace is represented by elements such as the flight of storks and the sophora japonica tree, present in the courtyard of the Haras.

This fresco, like a surrealist collage, is composed of a laser-cut layer of blackened steel and a sheet of sandblasted, screen-printed glass, creating an opalescent transparency that plunges the visitors into a fantastical world.

The saddle leather bed frame is exceptionally large, framing the bed imposingly and covering almost the entire wall. Its design is reminiscent of the yurt walls in the Brasserie. At bedside levels, the leather sheet can be lifted to reveal switches and the necessary connections for mobile devices and tablets.


Built in the mid-18th century, the former National Stud in Strasbourg is a remarkable ensemble, whose facades, roofs, monumental gate and large stable, built in the classical tradition, are listed as historic monuments.

In 2005, the Haras horses left these prestigious buildings, marking a new chapter for the site. Four years later, in 2009, the City of Strasbourg entrusted the renovation and operation of the site to IRCAD. Restoration work began in 2010, under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture, with the Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles, the Architecte des Bâtiments de France and the Conservateur Régional des Monuments Historiques.

The buildings, whose majestic facades have been restored, exude a sense of classical architecture and evoke the nobility associated with the stallions that were cared for in the stud's stalls. The agency chose to create a striking contrast between the exterior and interior: preserving the classical nobility of the facades and their rich historical heritage, while deliberately setting the interior architecture in a contemporary style.

We wove numerous links with the world of horses to convey the elegance and comfort of the premises, while adopting a streamlined approach, without sinking into an obvious representation of the equine universe, although present everywhere.

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In figures

- Surface area: 2665m2 (hotel & restaurant)
- 55 rooms


Architectural concept,
interior architecture
and design
Jouin Manku
Sanjit Manku
Patrick Jouin
Jacques Goubin
Tania Cohen
Bénédicte Bonnefoi
Bruno Pimpanini
Anna Leymergie

Execution architect
Denu & Paradon

Lighting designer    L'Observatoire International

Regional curator of historical monumentsSimon Piéchaud



Photographs: Nicolas Mathéus & Hélène Hilaire