2/26/2011

Grenelle Tower for Paris by Atelier Zündel and Cristea Architects

Another tower which aims at sustaining existing cities is the Skyproject project for the city of Paris. French agency Atelier Zündel and Cristea Architects has participated in the Skyscraper competition 2010 organized by evolo magazine.
Grenelle Tower, Paris, © Atelier Zündel and Cristea Architects
 
Paris, obviously, does not face rapid population growth and rapid urbanization such as Mumbai — I referred to my previous article the TATA Tower which goal — compact tower for a new type of housings and offices — is quite similar but different spatial constraints.
© Atelier Zündel and Cristea Architects
© Atelier Zündel and Cristea Architects

Paris — the Grand Paris is an illustration— is shifting into a 21st Century. Paris cannot import American model such as geographic, territorial expansion due to its urban morphology and history. The construction of high-rise towers in Paris, then, is still a hot discussion between pro and cons.
© Atelier Zündel and Cristea Architects

Atelier Zündel and Cristea Architects circumvent this issue with a compact tower that respects Paris identity. They envision a tower that is inscribed into the diversity of Paris, Paris with its uniform building —home, offices, shops — fabric, its rapid transportation network, its parks, its avenues.
© Atelier Zündel and Cristea Architects

The firm starts with an initial volume that they considered a "spatial texture". This "spatial texture" is a vertical stack of slabs of a height of 200 meters.
© Atelier Zündel and Cristea Architects

A dynamic formation process has been applied utilizing an empty tube of manifold geometry.
© Atelier Zündel and Cristea Architects

In motion, this cavity becomes a generator of space, a dynamic, fluctuating, and evolving construct. Its topology will delineate such properties as proximity, contiguity, continuity.
© Atelier Zündel and Cristea Architects

Building facts
Project: Grenelle Tower
Program: Multiactivities skyscraper
Architects: Atelier Zündel and Cristea Architects
Location: Paris, France
Size: 168 000 sqm
Status: Competition 2010
Client: evolo magazine

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