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Old March 9th, 2012, 01:33 PM   #3361
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Tower FIRST to get a new lighting scheme

Late april, FIRST tower will get signed twice. Indeed, 2 neon signs will be installed on the facade, the first one for Ernst & Young will be in the middle of the tower, & the second one at the top for Euler Hermes. On that occasion, a new lighting scheme (LED) will be put up late april to animate the tower's top. The multicolored lighting will therefore put the top of the building in relief & will enable the creation of patterns.

Last but no least, our french Spiderman Alain Robert will be climbing FIRST(legally this time ) to promote the tower.

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Old March 9th, 2012, 03:50 PM   #3362
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that "pentagon" building is incredible, I wish the MoD here in England could build such a building but it would probably be built 5 years late and 3 times over budget
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Old March 9th, 2012, 08:16 PM   #3363
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En anglais, from Foster and Partners' website.
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Hermitage Plaza granted Permis de Construire

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March 7, 2012

Hermitage Plaza will create a new community to the east of La Défense, in Courbevoie, that extends down to the river Seine with cafés, shops and a public plaza at its heart. The project incorporates two 320-metre-high buildings – the tallest mixed-use towers in Western Europe – which will establish a distinctive symbol for this new urban destination on the Paris skyline.

The result of a close collaboration with the planning authorities: EPAD, the City of Courbevoie, Atelier de Paysage Urbain and Département de Hauts-de-Seine, the project is intended to inject life into the area east of La Défense by creating a sustainable, high-density community. The two towers accommodate a hotel, spa, panoramic apartments, offices and serviced apartments, as well as shops at the base.

The buildings face one another at ground level. Open and permeable to encourage people to walk through the site, the towers enclose a public piazza which establishes the social focus. As they rise from an interlocking diamond-shaped plan, the towers turn outward to address views across Paris. The angle of the façade panels promotes self-shading and vents can be opened to draw fresh air inside, contributing to an environmental strategy that targets a BREEAM ‘excellent’ rating. The highly efficient diagrid structure uses less steel and emphasises the elegant proportions of the towers.

A crystal-shaped podium building contains office space, with two detached satellite buildings housing a gallery and auditorium that further extend the public realm. The piazza – created by burying the existing busy road beneath a landscaped deck – slopes gently downward to the water’s edge, which is lined with new cafés and restaurants. Connected to the existing Courbevoie and EPAD masterplans, the project will reinforce the regeneration of the riverfront.

Grant Brooker, a senior partner at Foster + Partners:
“Our ambition was to create a project that would inject new life into La Défense by bringing a new type of occupation and creating a new public focus on the edge of the Seine. This announcement represents a very important stage in the project’s development and is thanks to the passion of our client, Emin Iskenderov, and the support we have had from EPAD, the City of Courbevoie and the Département de Hauts-de-Seine – we could not have reached this milestone without them.

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Old March 9th, 2012, 11:38 PM   #3364
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Old March 9th, 2012, 11:43 PM   #3365
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Old March 10th, 2012, 12:09 AM   #3366
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In the Daily Telegraph.
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Paris to trump London's Shard with Europe's tallest buildings

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Paris will become home to Europe's highest building after it announced it will build 1,059ft high twin towers that will trump London's Shard.

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Hermitage Plaza was designed by British artchitects Foster and Partners

The two skyscrapers will 40ft taller than the Shard, which is currently under construction in the British capital.

Planning permission for the French project called Hermitage Plaza - designed by British artchitects Foster and Partners - was granted by Paris officials this week.

The two buildings - which will house offices, luxury apartments, a shopping complex and a hotel - will dominate the skyline in the western business district of La Defense.

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Old March 10th, 2012, 12:32 AM   #3367
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In the Wall Street Journal.
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Europe's Tallest Towers Set to Rise

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March 9, 2012

The €2 billion ($2.66 billion) Hermitage Plaza Towers to be built in Paris's La Défense business district have received planning permission and work on the site will start imminently, Emin Iskenderov, chief executive of development company Hermitage Group, said Friday.

Hermitage Group, a Paris-based private company with Russian origins, will start clearing the site for the two 320-meter-tall (1,050 feet) skyscrapers this month, he said.

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The project will cost a total of €2 billion, with €700 million in bank debt arranged with four banks at a cost of 6.5%, and €300 million of equity coming from Hermitage Group itself. The remaining €1 billion will be financed through sales of apartments and offices.

"We plan to sell the apartments and offices but we will keep [the ownership of the] retail and the hotel," Mr. Iskenderov said, adding that he has already received interest from 4,000 parties to buy the 543 luxury, serviced apartments.

Hermitage Plaza, designed by U.K.-based architects Foster and Partners, will provide 280,000 square meters of mixed-use space, housing a five-star hotel, 543 apartments, 35,000 square meters (376,737 square feet) of offices and 50,000 square meters of retail and restaurants.

"We are in negotiations with various hotel operators and will announce the final operator in May," Mr. Iskenderov said.

The Paris real-estate market, which was hit by the financial crisis in 2008, still hasn't recovered completely, and overall property prices remain below their 2007 peak.

But Mr. Iskenderov is confident he can raise the €1 billion portion needed through sales of apartments and offices as Hermitage Plaza will be La Défense's first building to offer mixed-use space.

"Prices of luxury apartments in Paris between 2008 and today have gone up 40%," he said, adding that he has also had several offers for the 230-room hotel.

Hermitage Group will start selling the apartments in a year's time and expects a minimum price of €12,000 per square meter. "We need €12,000 per square meter to make the project work, but average prices of luxury apartments in Paris are between €10,000 and €35,000 per square meter, so maybe the prices will go up," Mr. Iskenderov said.

He is also in negotiations to sell the 35,000 square meters of office space to a single buyer and expects to finalize a deal before summer.

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Mr. Iskenderov also said he has just launched an asset-management company, Hermitage Asset Management, which will help Russian and Middle Eastern investors buy property in Paris.

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Old March 10th, 2012, 01:28 AM   #3368
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I really like the Hermitage Towers and I think that they will be a great addition to Paris' skyline, but the Pyramid Tower is what Paris really needs, something out of this world
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Old March 10th, 2012, 07:24 AM   #3369
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Great this new projects for Paris !

My favorite :

- Hermitage Plaza towers
- Louis Vuitton Fondation Museum
- French Pentagon "Hexagone"
- Department of Islamic Arts in Louvre Museum
- New Forum des Halles
- New Zoo de Vincennes

I hope some others towers for La Defense in the future (like Phare Tower). And beside this, I love the "Grand Versailles" project too, with restoration for 17 years ! (only 8 years to wait now)
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Old March 11th, 2012, 02:11 PM   #3370
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The building permits for the Tours Hermitage have been posted on site.

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Old March 11th, 2012, 02:36 PM   #3371
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[...]Enfin, le permis de construire délivré devrait, lui aussi, être l’objet d’au moins deux recours.
Si le projet progresse, il prend du retard, ce premier complexe associant logements, bureaux, hôtel et commerces en France qui devait être livré en 2016, devrait l’être fin 2017.
Hermitage Plaza's planning permission will face at least two appeals...

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Old March 11th, 2012, 07:19 PM   #3372
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Such a transparency is neither a good thing, nor even realistic. This place is supposed to be a hotel, I hardly see any customers being glad to be seen by the neighbours in their privacy. Furthermore, as it's a hotel, there will probably be curtains or blinds on the windows so that people could sleep without being disturbed by outside lightings.

So there are only two options : either the rooms would be windowless and the corridors will be on the sides, or the cladding will turn out to be make of blinds (like in Coeur Défense).

I'm very sceptic about that design as I don't see how it could work in real.
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Old March 11th, 2012, 08:51 PM   #3373
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The hotel project has been abandoned ages ago...it will mainly be an office building!
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Old March 11th, 2012, 09:08 PM   #3374
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The hotel project has been abandoned ages ago...it will mainly be an office building!
Then why building it at the Parc des Expositions?? There's no point in having offices at that location.
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Old March 12th, 2012, 01:06 AM   #3375
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I'd tend to say: 'why not?' If you want some specific info Clery, you'd better ask Unibail...

At least, there will be heaps of shops, restaurants & bars at the tower's base. Triangle is gonna be a new landmark for our beloved capital, a stunning one, & the funicular will allow tourists to gaze at Paris in a different way thanks to a view unseen before.


The area will be animated, lively, it will be a lovely place to meet up, at last. A big park is gonna be created as well.

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Old March 12th, 2012, 04:18 AM   #3376
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Jex, I hadn't seen that!
Here's a cladding sample for D2 tower that appeared this week-end.

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It matches the renderings perfectly ---> HERE

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Old March 14th, 2012, 01:54 PM   #3377
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Montparnasse Tower's new lighting scheme...

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Old March 14th, 2012, 02:56 PM   #3378
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that "pentagon" building is incredible, I wish the MoD here in England could build such a building but it would probably be built 5 years late and 3 times over budget

They can, they did, it was finished in 2003.. it is called GCHQ and its in Cheltenham.. the British government just don't talk about it.

It is directly linked to the intelligence agencies of the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.. (the 5 countries of the Echelon system) giving un equaled capabilities to invade any other countries privacy.
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Old March 14th, 2012, 03:53 PM   #3379
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giving un equaled capabilities to invade any other countries privacy.
Maybe, but at least France is militarily independent, and honestly I wouldn't like to be militarily ruled by one of our former colonies, like the Brits are ruled by the Yanks on this matter.

(BTW, France has its own "echelon" system, or Frenchelon, based in Metropolitan France and in our numerous overseas territories around the world)
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Old March 14th, 2012, 04:59 PM   #3380
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