3XN reveals proposed scheme for paris' le monde headquarters 3XN reveals proposed scheme for paris' le monde headquarters
jan 21, 2015

3XN reveals proposed scheme for paris' le monde headquarters

3XN reveals proposed scheme for paris’ le monde headquarters
all images © 3XN

 

 

 

earlier this year, snøhetta were chosen ahead of seven other high-profile names to design the paris headquarters of the french media company le monde. since the announcement, danish architecture practice 3XN has revealed images of its proposed plans for the 20,000 square meter project. situated on a landmark site within the city’s rive gauche development, permeable elevations ensure that the site’s original masterplan is adhered to, with a series of ‘urban windows’ establishing important and coherent sightlines.

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the project is situated on a landmark site within the city’s rive gauche development

 

 

 

the design seeks to reference the both the brand’s name and journalistic reach by extracting a globe from the basic site volume, creating a grand spherical plaza. this ‘place le monde’ is intended as a generous public square, encouraging communication, the sharing of knowledge, and general interaction. together, the building and the plaza convey the merging of digital and traditional editorial methods through the implementation of a fully interactive multimedia façade.

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the design seeks to reference the both the brand’s name and its journalistic reach

 

 

 

internally, a spiral stairway within the vast atrium provides physical and visual connections throughout, while substantial floor plates on the three upper levels unify the two halves of the scheme. communication is optimized through overlapping levels, which remain flexible and efficient enough to allow for a wide variety of office configurations.

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substantial floor plates on the three upper levels unify the two halves of the scheme

 

 

 

from an environmental perspective, rainwater, collected from the roof and channeled through a biological cleaning process, is utilized for toilets and to water gardens. the building actively produces its own energy via photovoltaic panels at roof level and supply water-cooling from the adjacent river seine. furthermore, the headquarters’ biological waste can be used to create clean energy and soil enriching biochar through pyrolysis.

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a spiral stairway within the vast atrium provides physical and visual connections throughout

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flexible spaces allow for a wide variety of office configurations

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