Grenelle Tower | Atelier Zündel & Cristea

Grenelle Tower Courtesy of Atelier Zündel & Cristea

Grenelle Tower Courtesy of Atelier Zündel & Cristea

Grenelle Tower Courtesy of Atelier Zündel & Cristea

Grenelle Tower Courtesy of Atelier Zündel & Cristea

Grenelle Tower Courtesy of Atelier Zündel & Cristea

Grenelle Tower Courtesy of Atelier Zündel & Cristea

Grenelle Tower Courtesy of Atelier Zündel & Cristea

Grenelle Tower Courtesy of Atelier Zündel & Cristea

Grenelle Tower Courtesy of Atelier Zündel & Cristea

Grenelle Tower Courtesy of Atelier Zündel & Cristea

Atelier Zündel & Cristea architects shared with us their Grenelle Tower in  , which has been commended by the Mipim AR FUTURE awards. At a time when  is reviewing its ambitions of ‘greatness’, the richness of the city’s diversity is transposed vertically into towers of shifting density.

Within a country where speed is not necessarily a condition of efficiency, and where “quality of life” is elevated to “the art of living”, a purely geographic and territorial expansion based upon the American model is unfeasible.

At the outset, we imagined the tower from an initial volume, which we considered a “spatial texture”, consisting of slabs stacked vertically to a height of 200 meters. Within this solid and uniform texture, we applied a dynamic formation process utilizing an empty tube of manifold geometry. In motion, this cavity becomes a generator of space, a dynamic, fluctuating, and evolving construct. Its topology will help us delineate such properties as proximity, contiguity, continuity.

More concretely, we are able to liken the tower to the diversity of the city: the uniform fabric of Parisian homes, the rapid transportation network, the squares, the parks, the avenues, the public meeting places of Parisians known and renowned.

Architects: Atelier Zündel & Cristea
Location: 
Consultants: BET CHOULET
Construction cost: 300 M€ (ex VAT)
Gross area: 168 000 m²
Mission: Conception
Project: Multiactivities skyscraper

http://www.archdaily.com/109242/grenelle-tower-atelier-zundel-cristea/

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