dominique perrault: citylights le campus du pont de sèvres
dominique perrault: citylights   le campus du pont de sèvres dominique perrault: citylights   le campus du pont de sèvres
jan 13, 2012

dominique perrault: citylights le campus du pont de sèvres

‘citylights’ by dominique perrault in boulogne-billancourt, france all images courtesy dominique perrault image © RSI studio / DPA / Adagp




internationally-recognized french architect dominique perrault has redrawn plans for the pont de sèvres towers in boulogne-billancourt, france with ‘citylights‘, a scheme to transform and re-urbanize the western suburb of paris. stripping the old façades of the pre-existing towers, the design features a double layer skin that alternates between transparency and silver shades, providing a rhythmic effect to the highly geometric structures.

exterior overall view image © RSI studio / DPA / Adagp




situated close to the seine, the buildings are a composition of three towers which each serve asthe main bodies or ‘petals’ in the layout. hexagonal volumes terminate at different heights, creating a visual effect similar to an organ flues assembly. working with the original proportions and identity of the architecture, the new facade design features a ‘bracelet’ treatment which work with oblique creases and folds. the finish multiplies the reflections on all perspectives, providing vibrant and light-filled bands all around the buildings.

from water image © RSI studio / DPA / Adagp

gardens image © RSI studio / DPA / Adagp




in order to provide more connection at the natural ground level, the elevated entrance of the towers is brought back to the same level of the city. the lobby links up the buildings on three levels, offering a generous space for meetings and exchanges. within nearly 70,000 m2 of office floors, additional programs such as restaurants, cafeterias, a fitness club, a travellers’ lobby, intercompany nursery and more are offered throughout.

entrance from the forecourt image © RSI studio / DPA / Adagp

central hall entrance image © RSI studio / DPA / Adagp

office floor image © RSI studio / DPA / Adagp

view of direction room image © RSI studio / DPA / Adagp

transparent facade image © RSI studio / DPA / Adagp

night view image © RSI studio / DPA / Adagp

in context image © RSI studio / DPA / Adagp

pont de sévres today image © DPA / Adagp

site and context image © infracom

perspective floor plan of the lower ground floor image © DPA / Adagp

typical floorplan image © DPA / Adagp

facades and section images © DPA / Adagp




project info:


client: SAS destours du pont de sevres promoter: BNP paris immobiliersite area: 20,000 m2 renovation and built area: 84,918 m2engineering: EGIS batiments (structure, fluid), socotec (control), EPPAG (facade), AADT (safety), RPO (economist), le sommier environment (environment consultant), veritas (control), CSD “associes (coordinator), cabinet legrand (building surveyor), c.c.i (elevator expert), G.SIR (kitchen) promoter consultant: sesame conseil interior decorator: DGID

  • He – Perrault – just won the competition, so “Citylighrs” will take off the ground now.

    Rolf Busch says:

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