Greening La Défense

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To be honest, we here at AMNP thought that Paris had laws to prevent this type of thing from being built at La Défense. 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].

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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 Défense 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, "crèche" - yay for real socialism!].

Sustainability is at the heart of the architectural concept of the Generali Tower. The building’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 user’s comfort whilst reducing energy consumption. The production of renewable energies has also been incorporated in the tower’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 Défense.

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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.

.:The Generali Tower, Paris, France -> via WAN

Posted: September 30th, 2008
at 11:57am by orangemenace


Categories: architecture,green arch,towering pagodas

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