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Old March 28th, 2007, 03:24 PM   #1
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PARIS | First | 231m | 56 fl | Com

Work has started on the refurbishment and heightening of the old AXA Tower (159m/522ft) due to be turned into a 240m/780ft skyscraper with a different design and different cladding.



Some pictures of the old AXA Tower:







To be replaced by:

New Axa Tower
56 floors
Height: 240m (780 ft) with spire, roof height 225.11m (738.5 ft)
Floor space: 86,707.1 m² (933,307.5 sq. ft)
Architects: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates / SRA Architects
Developer: SCI Vendôme Assur
Due to be completed and opened: end of 2009-beginning of 2010













New Axa Tower in a model of La Défense (Generali and Air² towers are missing):



New Axa Tower to the right, Generali and Air² are shown:



Now to the left:



The entrance:







Inside the tower:


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Old March 28th, 2007, 03:32 PM   #2
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Technical graphs.














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Old March 28th, 2007, 04:26 PM   #3
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The transformation of the tower is unbelievable...
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Old March 28th, 2007, 07:49 PM   #4
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I usually have kinda mixed feelings when it comes to re-designing original buildings, but in this particular case... Good work!
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Old March 28th, 2007, 08:49 PM   #5
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CB31 will be metamorphosed ! This project is a formidable technical prowess for bouygues construction. Indeed, the core will be rebuilt by the top !!
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Old March 28th, 2007, 09:23 PM   #6
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Beautiful!
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Old March 28th, 2007, 10:06 PM   #7
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Although an amazing reclad and definitely needed transformation, I can't help but criticise the architects for using similar architecture for both this tower and the Bishopsgate Tower in London. I'm not saying Paris is copying London at all, I just think the architects are being lazy. Shame on you KPF
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Old March 28th, 2007, 10:07 PM   #8
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I noticed that, but I didn't notice that the architects are the same.
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Old March 28th, 2007, 10:17 PM   #9
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Although an amazing reclad and definitely needed transformation, I can't help but criticise the architects for using similar architecture for both this tower and the Bishopsgate Tower in London. I'm not saying Paris is copying London at all, I just think the architects are being lazy. Shame on you KPF
Sadly, this is far from being the only case.

Globalisation is also touching architecture, and what makes our cities different from one another is getting lower and lower...
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Old March 28th, 2007, 11:36 PM   #10
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true, most of the claddings in the world seem to be quite the same...I mean like 10 different kinds...
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Old March 29th, 2007, 12:35 AM   #11
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Looks like a pretty cool remake. The tower that is.
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Old March 29th, 2007, 02:02 AM   #12
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I wouldn't say that AXA is going to look like Bishopsgate. It will look more like that new tower in Brussels - Dexia bank or something.
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Old March 29th, 2007, 07:24 AM   #13
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that's gotta be the best refurbishment of any skyscraper i've ever seen
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Old March 29th, 2007, 09:26 AM   #14
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I think we all agree on that point. I very much look forward to construction pictures, this is going to be a very interesting one to watch its metamorphosis.
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Old March 29th, 2007, 08:34 PM   #15
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Good knews, this is really what La Defence needs to become a 21st century skyscraper cluster in Europe.
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Old April 9th, 2007, 12:57 PM   #16
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Now that the reconstruction of Axa Tower has officially started, here's a brief timeline and pictures of construction.

Official building permit issued last summer:



Axa moves out:
AXA Insurance quietly vacated their namesake tower in La Défense last November, in one of the largest and swiftest company headquarters move ever (for France at least).

The move lasted from Thursday November 23 to Tuesday November 28 and saw the relocation of 3,200 AXA headquarter employees from the 159 m (522 ft) AXA Tower to AXA's new mid-rise headquarters located behind the Grand Arche. The 5-day headquarters relocation required the help of 300 movers and a total of 650 trips in moving vans.

The new mid-rise headquarters of AXA behind the Grand Arche.


Reconstruction starts:
Work started in the beginning of March. Currently, it consists essentially in removing asbestos from the tower. This will last until the end of June. The reconstruction proper should then start with a full decladding of the tower. Reconstruction is expected to take 28 months. The central core of the tower will be entirely rebuilt, perhaps starting with the top. Underpinning with 10 meters (33 ft) thick beams will take place to withstand the tower's added weight. Bouygues is planning to use hydrocutting to preserve the steal of the reinforced concrete.

Here are some pictures taken in March:









Pictures on April 1:

Trees felled


Decladding has started


Bouygues at work


Tower completed and opened:
End of 2009-beginning of 2010. It will become Paris's tallest skyscraper, for a short period of time.

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Old April 9th, 2007, 06:13 PM   #17
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The transformation of the tower is unbelievable...
Definitely!
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Old April 29th, 2007, 04:34 PM   #18
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Picture of the Reconstruction of Axa tower (No many news )








I repost the rendering of the refurbished tower
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Old April 29th, 2007, 05:34 PM   #19
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That is truely some improvement!
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Old April 30th, 2007, 05:52 PM   #20
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The new tower looks so damn great!
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