The listed building at 1, rue de la Carbonnerie is part of Montpellier’s architectural heritage. Situated in the historic town centre, it owes a great deal of its current aspect and in particular its Louis XVI-style facade to Charles Guillaume Baudon de Mauny, director of the king’s domaines in Montpellier, who purchased it in 1777 and obtained official permission to undertake building work.
The residence passed into other hands when the former owner moved to Paris a few months before the French Revolution.
In 1829 the house was acquired by an ancestor of current owner Alain de Bordas (the 7th generation of this family) and it became a building divided up into several apartments occupied by tenants.
The building’s facade is officially listed and the interior has many remarkable features. No major modifications have been made and the beauty of the original construction has been painstakingly preserved.
Gold leaf gilding and stucco
Terrazzo: natural stone and marble
Gypserie: hand-crafted decoration and plaster moulding
Trophy with sculpted detail
Flagging with fossilised shells: from the Hérault area
Grisaille: trompe l’œil effect oil painting on canvas
From the 21st century onwards
Alain and Nathalie de Bordas undertook the metamorphosis of this extraordinary building in 2007. They have created a truly unique, hybrid space between a private home and a hotel, where luxury and space are watchwords and visitors are writing the new chapters of this story. Alain and Nathalie have transformed Baudon de Mauny, taking this remarkable place forward via an ambitious renovation project that is often cited within architecture and interior design circles as an outstanding example, but which is appreciated by its guests, above all.
Architects Michelle Ferri and Vincent Castelnau have designed and overseen the work at Baudon de Mauny since the start of the project in 2007 and then in 2011 and 2016, enhancing the light, creating new volumes, integrating technology and air conditioning and making adjustments to the interior and furnishing using innovative, precious materials. They have worked closely with Nathalie de Bordas, bringing to life her initial vision for this space while remaining faithful to its history, creating – and not copying – a style while optimising available resources.
Graphic designer Benoit Vollet created Baudon de Mauny’s corporate identity, setting its image in time. He imagined a peacock strutting across the drawing room, a somewhat ambivalent image of a proud creature with remarkable plumage but which remains nevertheless a farmyard fowl – a fitting symbol for this hybrid space.
Serigraphed glass and oak
Waxed steel and leather
Krion and cork
Ceramic and waxed concrete