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Old December 1st, 2012, 05:45 PM   #1
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PARIS | Tour ALTO | 159m | 521ft | 37 fl | Prep

'Tour ALTO'
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Client : UBS
Status : Proposed
Developer : Ideve
Location : La Défense
Surface area : 51 200 m²
Architect : SRA & Interfaces

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Former project by Hervé Tördjman (no longer topical)















Courtesy of Hervé Tordjman Architecte & Associés

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Building 'Les Saisons' (below) to be destroyed to make way for 'Tour ALTO' if the project was to be confirmed next year

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Old December 1st, 2012, 09:18 PM   #2
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La Defence is so dense that it has to tear down nice buildings to make way for skyscrapers, now XD
Awesome design
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Old December 6th, 2012, 09:41 PM   #3
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How serious is this project?Looks like a shorter brother to Phare.
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Old January 9th, 2013, 01:28 AM   #4
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The project is serious but a new design has been presented for Alto tower.
The surface will be greater but the tower will be smaller in height unfortunately.
About 150m
52,000m²

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Avec l'arrivée probable des tours Hermitage Plaza et la restructuration de la tour First, c'est toute cette partie du quartier des Saisons qui va changer dans les prochaines années. La banque Suisse UBS projette d'y construire la tour Alto d'environ 150 mètres de hauteur. Se développant sur 52 000 m² répartis sur 38 étages, la tour a été conçue par l'agence d'architecture SRA. Erigée, la tour permettrait de créer un nouveau lien entre la place des Saisons et le boulevard Circulaire.

Alto vise une certification BREAM Excellent. A titre de comparaison elle devrait consommer autant d'énergie que l'immeuble actuellement en place qui est presque sept fois plus petit.

Le projet qui s'inscrit dans le cadre d'une concertation publique avec les habitants du quartier sera présenté lors d'une réunion le jeudi 10 janvier en présence des architectes et des investisseurs et promoteurs du projet. Sa construction pourrait débuter en 2014 pour une livraison en 2016.
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With the likely arrival Hermitage Plaza towers and the restructuring of the First tower, it is all this part of Seasons district that will change in the coming years. UBS Swiss bank plans to build the tower Alto of approximately 150 meters. Developing over 52,000 m² spread in over 38 floors, the tower was designed by the architectural firm SRA.
Built, the tower would create a new link between Seasons square and the Circular Boulevard.

Alto aims a BREAM Excellent certification. For comparison it should consume as much energy as the building currently in place that is almost seven times smaller.

The project is part of a public consultation with local residents will be presented at a meeting Thursday, January 10 in the presence of architects, investors and project developers.
Construction could begin in 2014 for delivery in 2016.
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More news today or tomorrow.
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Old January 9th, 2013, 01:32 AM   #5
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Looks too much like a vase for me. Hermitage and Air2 are also going to be top-heavy (4 top-heavies?) so I think the first design was better.
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Old January 9th, 2013, 03:53 PM   #6
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Even a shorter version of the old design would've been better. This new design is pretty non-descript : /.
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Old January 9th, 2013, 04:08 PM   #7
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The old design was better than now... ... but still as a nice project.
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Old January 9th, 2013, 04:29 PM   #8
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I agree with you guys...actually I have no idea why both the architect & the project have changed...

We should be having a clue about it all tomorrow as the new project is to be officially unveiled.
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Old January 9th, 2013, 04:43 PM   #9
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I love the fact they use an italian name to express a tautological concept..."alto" in italian means tall.
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Old January 9th, 2013, 05:31 PM   #10
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The same meaning in portuguese.

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I agree with you guys...actually I have no idea why both the architect & the project have changed...

We should be having a clue about it all tomorrow as the new project is to be officially unveiled.
So let's wait...
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Old January 9th, 2013, 07:12 PM   #11
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The same meaning in portuguese.

and same in spanish...
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Old January 9th, 2013, 09:27 PM   #12
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Alto means "viola" in French. The curves of the building bring to mind the form of the instrument. Although, there is surely a pun here with tall = alto which is understood in French or English (like in the word "altitude").
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this one is a beauty
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Old January 9th, 2013, 11:02 PM   #14
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More pics/renders to come on thursday (project to be unveiled inside the CNIT at 6pm).
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Old January 29th, 2013, 03:56 PM   #15
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Old January 30th, 2013, 08:11 AM   #16
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Looks too much like a vase for me.
It does look like a vase and Aalto vase by Alvar Aalto to be more precise. Although Alto has a bit less curvature resemblance is quite obvious. For Finns at least.


http://iittala.fi/web/Iittalaweb.nsf/fi/tuotteet_sisustaminen_alvar_aalto_-kokoelma_maljakko_251_mm_kirkas

Never the less, I like the current iteration of Alto too, though I would have preferred Phare Jr.
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Old January 30th, 2013, 12:00 PM   #17
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Very interesting comparison Henkka . It looks as if the architects have drawn their inspiration from this vase indeed (furthermore the name is quite the same).

ps: what do you mean by Phare Jr, the previous Alto's project?
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Old January 31st, 2013, 12:17 AM   #18
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I liked the former proposal much better.
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Old January 31st, 2013, 09:06 AM   #19
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ps: what do you mean by Phare Jr, the previous Alto's project?
The one shown on the first post. It was proposed on this same site?

And Phare Jr. because the slight resemblance with Tour Phare: two flat sides, one with protruding boxes, and curve in front. The cladding also has some diagonality in it.
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Old January 31st, 2013, 09:56 PM   #20
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Yes it was.

Indeed, the first project could have been nicknamed Phare Jr. , you're right actually.

I'm still waiting for big & detailed renderings to make my mind up. I quite like that new project (although I prefered the first one), its shape is interesting & the cladding looks neat but I need to see more...

There's a public meeting on 23 february regarding the chosen project, the EPADESA along with the nearby residents will discuss the project.
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