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Carpe Diem Tower, Paris

The Carpe Diem tower, built in Paris at La Défense (2010-2013; 39 storeys, 162 m ; 27,500 m2 of façade area), is the first skyscraper built by the architect Robert A. M. Stern in France and is representative of a new kind of commercial real estate prestige.

Its construction is the first stage of the regeneration of Europe's largest commercial district, emphasising functional design, efficiency and high aesthetic quality.

It is also the first tower in France to achieve dual environmental certification, thanks especially to its high energy performance insulating glass façades and spandrel panels.

The characteristic shape of the building combines tradition and modernity, uniting nature's vitality with urbanism: vertical façades meet façades tilted towards the ground and the sky and cut into diagonal sections , creating an impression of lightness and magnifying the light entering the floors; in full view are plants at both the bottom and the top of the tower, creating a link with nature; the building is laid out so as to also create a link between the historical quarter and the modern business district ...

It is a winning venture between the architect, the builder and the façade designer.

Project Scope

  • High performance vertical and inclined façades that open
  • Servo-automated venetian blinds
  • Aesthetic glass cladding
  • Aluminium cladding on external structures
  • Glass façades and guardrails for the 35th-floor VIP club
  • Fire-resistant façades as well as internal and external flame arrestors
  • Structure and glazing of the Winter Garden
  • Structure and glazing of the Winter Garden: Glass manual/ motorised folding/ revolving doors
  • Flame-arresting roof glazing and aesthetic safety net
  • Maintenance platform

Project Info

Architect Main Contractor
Robert A. M. Stern Besix & Spie Batignolles
Client Completion date
Aviva / Credit Agricole 2013

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