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Old May 21st, 2008, 03:19 PM   #1721
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Many French forumers don't like these towers, but personally I think that they'll look more impressive in reality than on these renders, and above all they'll launch the competition between local councils in the inner suburbs of Paris to build skyscrapers. Everybody expected the failure of Balkany's skyscraper projects in Levallois, and indeed if Balkany failed it would be the end of skyscrapers outside of La Défense I think; no other local council would dare to authorize some skyscrapers. So it's important that this project succeeds.
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Old May 21st, 2008, 03:32 PM   #1722
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On top of that project there are rumours of a 50-floor tower in the "Pont de Levallois" métro station neighborhood in that same municipality. Still we should wait for further details to be sure of the news. That was reported by an article in Le Parisien newspaper on April 9th 2008.

Anyway it looks like Levallois-perret will grow skywards.
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Old May 23rd, 2008, 02:40 AM   #1723
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Old May 23rd, 2008, 01:34 PM   #1724
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A render of La Défense in 2013 has appeared on the official website of the Signal Tower. New Axa Tower, New Gan Tower, Generali Tower, Air² Tower, Majunga Tower, and Phare Tower are all visible on the render. As far as I know, this is the first official render released by La Défense Authority (EPAD) showing all these towers in context.

Only Signal Tower is missing on the render. The winner of the architectural competition for Signal Tower (a 300m/1,000 ft tower on par with Phare and Generali) will be revealed in the morning of May 27. Only 4 days to go, so stay tuned...

La Défense today:


La Défense in 2013 (for comparison with the picture above, New Gan Tower here below is 30% taller than the current Gan Tower which appears in the picture above):
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Old May 24th, 2008, 12:33 AM   #1725
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I think the Medien Hotel is there too, between Nexity and New Gan
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Old May 24th, 2008, 01:17 AM   #1726
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That's right I see it but 80m is small for la Defense and it would be smaller in 2013

I agree with Brisavoine the render of Levallois twin towers are so bad that we don't know how will be these tower.
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Old May 24th, 2008, 04:27 AM   #1727
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(il me semble qu'il y a une erreur sur ta carte d'Idf brisavoine, c'est orly au sud... je ne sais pas si c'est toi qui l'a faite ou pas...)
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Old May 24th, 2008, 07:54 PM   #1728
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The five final projects for Signal Tower. All of them are more or less 310m (1,020 ft) high at the top. From left to right: project by Ferrier, Foster, Libeskind, Nouvel, and Wilmotte.

The winner will be announced next Tuesday at 10am French time.

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Old May 26th, 2008, 12:01 AM   #1729
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great futuristic project ..
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Old May 26th, 2008, 05:58 PM   #1730
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Tomorrow !!!
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Old May 26th, 2008, 10:57 PM   #1731
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Attention aux déceptions.
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Old May 27th, 2008, 08:06 AM   #1732
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The winner for Tour Signal is JEAN NOUVEL.
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Old May 27th, 2008, 01:17 PM   #1733
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So actually 3 supertall are approved and maybe two others could be build.
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Old May 27th, 2008, 03:07 PM   #1734
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Approved? selected you mean. There are not approved yet. As a matter of fact, Tour Phare public inquiry has been postponed for unknown reasons.
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Old May 27th, 2008, 03:12 PM   #1735
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Tour Phare public inquiry has been postponed because the announcement had not been published in newspaper La Tribune as it should have been according to the law. Public inquiry will start as soon as this legal mistake is corrected (source: blog monputeaux.com)
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Old May 27th, 2008, 03:13 PM   #1736
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Old May 27th, 2008, 03:27 PM   #1737
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ARCHITECT JEAN NOUVEL TO BUILD NEW PARIS SKYSCRAPER

PARIS, May 27, 2008 (AFP) - French star architect Jean Nouvel was chosen Tuesday over four world-class peers to build a landmark skyscraper on the edge of Paris, set to rival the Eiffel Tower for domination of the city skyline.
Set for completion by 2014, the new tower to be built in the La Defense district is part of an ambitious plan to renovate the 50-year-old business hub on the city's western rim.
Winner of this year's Pritzker Architecture Prize, the industry's top award, Nouvel was selected for the "Signal Tower" project by a panel of local and state officials and architects.
"The Signal Tower is the most important architectural event since the Eiffel Tower," said Patrick Devedjian, head of the public body in charge of renovating La Defense, EPAD, as he announced the winner at a press conference in Paris.
Devedjian said Nouvel's tower, "irreproachable in terms of technique and sustainable development, would be "the defining building in the Greater Paris that is currently taking shape."
Nouvel faced stiff competition from a line-up of bidders including British designer Norman Foster and the American Daniel Libeskind -- chosen to rebuild Ground Zero, the site of the September 11 attacks -- as well as his compatriots Jean-Michel Wilmotte and Jacques Ferrier.
Soaring 301 metres (990 feet) high, just short of the Eiffel Tower which rises 324 metres over the city, Nouvel's tower aims to provide a hub for local life, in a district often criticised as cold and faceless.
Set in parkland, the rectangular white tower will mix offices, flats, hotel rooms, shops, restaurants and public facilities, to be built in partnership with the investment groups Medea et Layetana.
The 62-year-old Nouvel is best known as the architect behind the Arab World Institute in Paris, a building noted for its clever use of natural light. Adjustable metal lenses are embedded in one of the facades to control the amount of light allowed to the interior of the building.
Nouvel also designed Paris' extraordinary Musee du Quai Branly, which opened in 2006 as a home for tribal arts from Asia, the Americas, Oceania and Africa.
Although the bulk of his work is in France, Nouvel has designed projects all over the world, including Japan, Spain, England, the Netherlands, Austria, Italy, Czech Republic, Germany, Belgium and the United States.
La Defense, which describes itself as Europe's largest business district, is used by 400,000 people each day and home to 2,500 company headquarters as well as 20,000 residents.
Seventeen of its ageing buildings are scheduled for demolition by 2013, to be replaced by new skyscrapers, shops, parks and cycle lanes, as part of a renovation plan overseen by EPAD.
La Defense's first building, a vast shell-shaped white dome called the CNIT, was built in 1958, while another landmark, the Great Arch was built in the axis of the Champs Elysees Avenue and Arc de Triomphe in 1989.
The "Signal Tower" is the second major skyscraper project to be launched in La Defense since 2006, when US architect Thom Mayne won a contract to build a soaring structure called "Le Phare" (The Lighthouse), due for delivery in 2012.
Strict building regulations have until now kept most high-rises firmly outside the Paris city walls -- with a few notable exceptions such as the Tour Montparnasse which rises 180 metres over the southwest of the capital.
But Paris's Socialist mayor Bertrand Delanoe has sparked controversy by suggesting a handful of skyscrapers could be built just inside the city walls, to revitalise run-down parts of the capital.

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Old May 27th, 2008, 03:54 PM   #1738
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Phare = Lighthouse again....


When will these journalists actually bother about the French language?
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Old May 27th, 2008, 04:05 PM   #1739
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That's weird why they always present La Defense as the biggest bussiness district of Europe when it is not even the biggest of Paris.
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According to Business Immo, the twin Hermitage Towers will also be built even though they were not officially declared the winner in the Tour Signal architectural competition (source). Conclusion: the two ugliest towers (out of the 5 finalists) have been selected. Congrats to La Défense Authority (EPAD)! Ok, I think I'm going to subscribe to Ségolène Royal's idea of popular juries now... Some heads need to be axed.

Anyway, you judge for yourself.

Jean Nouvel's monolithic boxy tower, winner of the Tour Signal competition:

- architect: Jean Nouvel
- developer: Layetana Desarollos Immobiliarios (Spanish)
- height: 301m (988 ft)
- floors: 72
- floor area: 140,000 m² (1.5 million sq ft) in total; 50,000 m² of it offices, 33,000 m² residential, 39,000 m² hotel, 8,000 m² public spaces, 10,000 m² shops and restaurants
- cost: about 700 million euros
- date: delivered and opened in the end of 2013















Russian developer Hermitage's über-kitsch twin towers:
(admire the "subtle" H shape of these towers; H as in...)

- architect: Jacques Ferrier
- developer: Hermitage (Russian)
- height: 309m (1,014 ft) for the tallest, 264m (866 ft) for the shortest
- floors: 76 floors for the tallest, 66 floors for the shortest
- floor area: 250,000 m² (2.7 million sq ft) in total; 31,000 m² of it offices, 132,000 m² residential, 50,000 m² hotel, 26,000 m² stores, 11,000 m² restaurants, spas, guest rooms
- cost: more than 1.5 billion euros
- date: delivered and opened in the end of 2013/beginning of 2014





















Standing at the entrance of La Défense, the Hermitage Towers will be extremely prominent. This is how visible they'll be from the historical heart of Paris (Le Louvre on the left):

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