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Skylight Tower in La Défense, Paris by Louis Paillard architect & urban planner

Friday, October 27th, 2017

Article source: Paillard architect & urban planner

“The opportunity to build apartments at La Défense remains a rare one. All the more so an apartment tower (top floor at 50 m). In fact, some thirty years have passed since the building of the last one. The district of La Défense, willed into existence by General de Gaulle to show the world of the 1960s that France was entering into the modern world of finance and business (the famous “Trente Glorieuses” or thirty-year post-war boom), is a curious above-ground urban mixture, an artificial island, veritable realm of “corporate architecture” punctuated by multitude of high-rise office towers, business centers, rather hollow official monuments, shopping centers and a few public housing complexes, the whole placed atop an immense, windswept concrete slab and irrigated from below by a labyrinth of vehicular arteries, railway tunnels among other piped networks.

Image Courtesy © Guillaume Guerin

  • Architects: Paillard architect & urban planner
  • Project: Skylight Tower
  • Location: La Défense, Paris
  • Photography: Guillaume Guerin
  • Client: NEXITY Paris Val de Seine, Student housing sold to GECINA
  • Project head: Nicolas Land
  • General contractor: Bouygues Construction Habitat Résidentiel
  • Supervising office: BTP Consultant
  • Surface area: 11 475 m²
  • Competition: December 2012
  • Delivery: September 2017

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Phare Tower – Synthesizing Idiosyncrasies to Mend a Site by Morphosis

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Drawing on the power of parametric scripting, the design of the Phare Tower gathers disparate programmatic, physical, and infrastructural elements from the requirements of the building and its surrounding context, and synthesizes these into a form that seamlessly integrates the building into the idiosyncrasies of its site while expressing multiple flows of movement. In the spirit of the Paris Exposition competition proposals, the tower embodies state-of-the-art technological advances to become a cultural landmark.

Phare Tower Flat Clear Glazed North Facade

Phare Tower Flat Clear Glazed North Facade

  • Architects: Morposis Architects
  • Location: La Defense, France
  • Client: SCI CNIT DEVELOPPEMENT
  • Size: 1,767,273 gross sq ft / 164,180 gross sq m
  • Program: Commercial office tower with office space, employee restaurants, public cafés and amenities, panoramic restaurant
  • Design: 2006 – 2010
  • Construction: 2011 – 2015
  • Type: Commercial
  • Construction Manager: Oger International
  • Consulting Architect: SRA Architectes
  • Facade Consultant: RFR Elements
  • Energy Modeling: RFR Elements
  • HVAC and Environmental Engineer: Setec Batiment IBE Consulting Engineers
  • Structural Engineer: Setec TPI
  • Acoustical Engineer: AVLS
  • Cost Estimator: Davis Langdon Sterling Quest Associates AEI
  • Vertical Transportation: Lerch Bates of North America
  • Code and Security Consultant: Cabinet Casso
  • Article and photo source: Morphosis Architects

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