Major project in La Defense scaled down and redesigned

Major project in La Defense scaled down and redesigned

At 296 meters, the ambitious Tour Phare was originally conceived as France’s tallest edifice and a symbol of La Défense’s ongoing renewal. Several years after being revealed to the public, the iconic project is now set to be replaced by a new, scaled-down concept. The new design comprises two shorter towers.

Initial design for Tour Phare, image via Morphosis

Following multiple appeals from local resident associations and a disagreement with Puteaux’s mayor regarding the demolition of a pedestrian bridge to allow for construction to proceed, developer Unibail Rodamco announced that the tower has undergone a major redesign by French architecture and urban planning firm Atelier Christian de Portzamparc.

The Tours Sisters, image via Atelier Christian de Portzamparc

Now known as Tours Sisters , the development consists of a pair of mixed-use towers rising approximately 200 and 100 meters above ground level. While the tallest edifice will house 95,000 square meters of office space, the shorter tower will include a 300-room, four-star hotel. The buildings will be connected by a skybridge floating 80 meters in the air and feature a spa, theater, restaurant, and rooftop garden.

The cost of the new project is estimated at €630 million (USD$704.6 million), compared to €900 million (USD$1 billion) for the previous design. The completion date for the pair of towers is now tentatively scheduled for 2021.

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