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Château De La Resle, The World’s Largest Hotel, Full Of Secrets

Château de la Resle is full of surprises, stories and lots of charm. This unusual hotel managed to survive for more than 40 years even though, after a series of 10 demolitions and five evacuations, it was found guilty of violating fire evacuation regulations. It then became the world’s largest hotel worth $ 1.27 billion. It used to be worth only half that now…it is now time to step into the unknown.

Château de la Resle was built in 1908 for the then King Albert I of France and, after years of disrepair and abandonment, it became the longest hotel in the world. In 2010, the Château de la Resle was purchased by Thomas Investment Group, a multidisciplinary executive turned builder who has vowed to rebuild the building using sustainable and environmentally-friendly materials.

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The new owners opted for a green and sustainable approach both inside and out. This meant that the hotel’s walls had to be knocked down in order to reach the level of sustainability agreed at by the previous owners. They also committed to preserving the beauty of the site by using recycled materials both on the inside and the outside of the hotel.

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Thus, the Château de la Resle is not only a building with a long and rich history and a great story to tell, but also a wonderful collection of spaces that share a particular characteristic: they are all created with grass, water and earth onboard.{found on archdaily}

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