dominique perrault completes renovation of pont de sèvres towers in paris
 
dominique perrault completes renovation of pont de sèvres towers in paris
mar 31, 2016

dominique perrault completes renovation of pont de sèvres towers in paris

dominique perrault completes renovation of pont de sèvres towers in paris
image © andre morin

 

 

 

originally built by architects badani and roux-dorlut in 1975, in 2008 dominique perrault was charged with transforming and renovating the the pont de sèvres towers located in west paris. now renamed to ‘citylights’, the vast scheme has seen the site becoming reconnected to the urban infrastructure with new connected transportation systems and ultimately, bring the architecture into the 21st century to suit program today.

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based by the seine, the towers are an integral part of paris’ recent expansion towards grand paris
image © andre morin

 

 

 

recently celebrating its inauguration, the rehabilitation of the towers has seen a new central area that anchors the building in the city. this includes a new plaza, a second entrance on the forum area, a main central hall, large terrace for the restaurant an the construction of a fourth tower – with the same petal shape – attached to the tower two overlooking the seine river.

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only the concrete petal shaped structure of the 3 towers has been preserved throughout the project
image © andre morin

 

 

 

the towers were originally cut off from their surroundings and with the introduction of pedestrian routes, the site is now connected to the new trapèze district. there, the wasteland of the former renault factories has now been replaced by office and residential buildings, both new and refurbished.

 

‘the rehabilitation process of the pont de sèvres towers, while respecting their historic value, allowed for a thoroughly new structure, in line with current norms and new sustainable development performances.’ – dominique perrault

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a new tower has been constructed, bearing a similar petal-like shape
image © vincent fillon

 

 

 

the form itself has been retained but illustrates a subtle and new envelope made of alucobond® aluminum composite material cladding, with a third of the building covered with a folded façade creating ‘bracelets’ around the towers. these ‘bracelets’ are organized at contrasting positions in response to the different heights. additionally, a LED lights have been installed in the folded elements resulting in a rhythm and luminous beacon.

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the building will be occupied with diverse programs such as commercial, office and corporate restaurants
image © vincent fillon

 

 

 

the main central hall, designed by gaelle lauriot prevost expands on three levels. this generous light-filled space, provides a unified design for the different towers. simultaneously, the atrium acts as a compass to orientate visitors and employees.

 

 

read designboom’s previous coverage of the pont de sèvres towers renovation here.

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the site has been re-connected to the public transport system, with a métro stop right outside the building
image © vincent fillon

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the large albatross chandelier in the atrium is made up of 14 birds, with a 20-foot wingspan each
image © vincent fillon

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the hexagonal floor plan,with its central core of floors of office offers 360°views of paris and natural light
image © dominique perrault architecte

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a third of the building is covered with a folded facade creating ‘bracelets’ around the towers
image © dominique perrault architecte

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a specific night LED lighting has been installed in the facade folded elements
image © vincent fillon

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the rehabilitation process respected the historic value, while allowing for a new structure
image © vincent fillon

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the towers before the renovation
image © badani et roux dorlut

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the original building was designed in 1975
image © badani et roux dorlut

 

 

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