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Tour Carpe Diem / Robert A.M. Stern Architects

  • 00:00 - 9 December, 2014
Tour Carpe Diem / Robert A.M. Stern Architects
Tour Carpe Diem / Robert A.M. Stern Architects, © Peter Aaron (OTTO)
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  • Architects

  • Location

    La Défense, France
  • Category

  • Associate Architect

    SRA Architectes (Herve Metge, Partner / Laurence Gorgiard / Pierre-Michel Desgrange)
  • Client/Owner

    Aviva France / Bois-Colombes, France / Joëlle Chauvin, Directeur Immobilier
  • Area

    45500.0 m2
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

  • Development Manager

    Hines France - Neuilly sur Seine, France / Olivier de Dampierre, President / Patrick Bosque, Adjoint General Director
  • Development Authority

    EPADESA (L'Établissement Public d'Aménagement de la Défense Seine Arche) Nanterre Cedex, France
  • Senior Partner

    Robert A.M. Stern, FAIA
  • Project Partners

    Meghan L. McDermott, AIA and Kevin M. Smith, AIA
  • Project Manager

    Renaud Magnaval
  • Project Associate

    Frederic J. Berthelot
  • Project Assistants

    Rebecca Atkin, Anya Grant, Milton Hernandez, Trevor Laubenstein, Douglas Neri, Kaveri Singh, Charles Yoo, Young Jin Yoon
  • Interior Designer

    Jean Jegou
  • Mechanical Engineer

    SNC Lavalin
  • Structural Engineer

  • Electrical Engineer

    SNC Lavalin
  • General Contractor

    SPIE Batignolles + SBX
  • Landscape Architect

    Mutabilis / Ronan Gallais, Principal
  • Lighting Designer

    Philippe Almon
  • Acoustical Consultant

  • Sustainability Consultant

    Cabinet Penicaud (now part of SNC Lavalin) + Atelier Ten
  • Cost Consultant

    GV Ingenierie
  • Curtain Wall Consultant

    Emmer Pfenninger und Partner
  • Code Consultant

  • Surveyor

    Cabinet Daniel Legrand
  • Size in Square Feet

    489,700 square feet
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© Peter Aaron (OTTO)
© Peter Aaron (OTTO)

Text description provided by the architects. Tour Carpe Diem is an important step forward in the evolution of La Défense toward pedestrian-friendly urbanism and environmentally responsible architecture. The 45,500 m2 building connects the raised esplanade—the “dalle” that continues the axis of the Champs-Elysées—and the urban fabric of the city of Courbevoie to the north. A pedestrian street leads to the building’s winter garden and lobby; a monumental stair descends to a plaza on the Boulevard Circulaire, where a second front welcomes visitors at what was heretofore very much the back of the site. The building’s faceted facades reflect this dual orientation and catch the ever changing Parisian light to give the building a strong identity among the towers of La Défense.

© Peter Aaron (OTTO)
© Peter Aaron (OTTO)

The building meets the Boulevard Circulaire with a boutique and a V.I.P. entrance to the lobby above, accessed via a grand interior stair that ascends side-by-side with the exterior stair. The mezzanine accommodates an employee restaurant and a corporate cafeteria with views up and down the Boulevard. At the level of the dalle, the main lobby is augmented by a seventeen-meter-high winter garden, a skylighted oasis at the heart of La Défense in which visitors can meet next to an exotic vertical garden. A second restaurant one level above takes advantage of light and views of the winter garden. The building’s thirty office floors offer 1,300 m2 of column-free space configured to maximize light and views. A rooftop clubhouse provides conference facilities including meeting rooms and an 80-seat dining room, all wrapped by an accessible roof garden that frames dramatic views over Paris.

© Peter Aaron (OTTO)
© Peter Aaron (OTTO)

Tour Carpe Diem significantly exceeds French Haute Qualité Environnementale regulations for environmentally responsible development and achieved LEED-CS Platinum certification; it is the first building in France to receive these dual certifications. The building will rely on geothermal wells at its main energy source. Additional sustainable design strategies include solar water heating, a heat recovery system, high-performance lighting, controls for daylight dimming, and occupancy sensors.


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Cite: "Tour Carpe Diem / Robert A.M. Stern Architects" 09 Dec 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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