To be honest, we here at AMNP thought that Paris had laws to prevent this type of thing from being built at La DÃ©fense. Apparently not. As part of EPAD‘s [La Defense Management & Development Office] “2006-2015” plan for the Parisian business district a number of buildings are being updated/renovated, and new skyscrapers are being built [currently 6 new high-rise towers are scheduled].
Designed by Valode & Pistre Architects [who, in their defense, have better work than this on their site] for the Group Gererali along with the developer Vinci Immobilier, the building [known as the Generali Tower] aims to help rejuvenate the La DÃ©fense area through contemporary, green/sustainable design. The 90,000 square meter tower will house a number of different programs, including office space [obviously], auditorium space, a lounge/club, restaurants, and a daycare [or as the French call it, "crÃ¨che" - yay for real socialism!].
Sustainability is at the heart of the architectural concept of the Generali Tower. The buildingâ€™s innovative structure and envelope, as well as the choice of its technical and mechanical equipments – opening windows, suspended gardens at all levels – will enhance the userâ€™s comfort whilst reducing energy consumption. The production of renewable energies has also been incorporated in the towerâ€™s design, 18 vertical axis wind turbines, 1,700 sq m of photovoltaic cells and 600 sq m of solar panels are located in the towers central spire, giving it a unique silhouette in La DÃ©fense.
But for real tho – thing is kind of gross, right? I mean, maybe if there wasn’t that TERRIBLE antenna going on in the middle of everything. But even still, the building looks as if it’s unsure of what it wants to be – and that that uncertainty has somehow caused it to form legions on its facade. Go big or go home, my ninjas – carve out a corner/side of the building, or leave things be. But hey, why bother worrying – this project is being designed for a developer, so all those carved-out gardens will be gone in 6 months or so…
Anyone else tired of bad design getting a pass because it’s ‘green’? Just a thought.
Expect more on new developments involving Paris and tall buildings later this week.