Signal Tower

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The Loggia Tower
The skyline of La Defense reveals an accumulation of dissimilar objects. Fortunately, the Arch is a soothing view and connecting the whole picture. The Signal Tower shall also tend to be a soothing element. It shall have a federating role, like a landmark, a standard. It has to stabilize and therefore highlight the objects of this really unsettled collage. The Signal tower is indeed the loggia tower. The loggias, these large hollow spaces, large covered terraces, as a magnificence of the great architecture in the Italian urbanity.
The loggias with their singular character. All together, these loggias express the composite, multipurpose aspect of a living urban programme which is meant to create life. The loggia tower has some inner spaces visible from outside. It is massive but open, restrained but bright and the grey tones of its steel curves are illuminated by the golden mirrors which reflect a warm light inside. The modern geometry of the Mandelbrot dragoons crosses the partitions of the loggias like filigree – the Italian loggias were sumptuously painted-. These loggias open and close, they create a thermal balance through the managing of solar inputs. It is a typological archetype of sustainable architecture.
Jean Nouvel

STATUS Winner of international competition, mai 2008
               Unbuilt
ADRESS Paris La Défense, France. Porte Ouest
CLIENT Public: EPAD (Etablissement public d'aménagement de La Défense)
JOINT VENTURE
ARCHITECTE Jean NOUVEL – Ateliers Jean Nouvel (Paris, FR)
INVESTISSEUR LAYETANA DESAROLLOS IMMOBILIARIOS
MEDEA : METRA  VESCA
PROJECT LEADER David FAGART
ARCHITECTS Alain GVOZDENOVIC, Arnaud BRICHET, Nicolas DOSNE, Jean-Patrick DEGRAVE, Nahkarin PHOMSOUVANH, Elen LE DEZ, Chen CHEN, Aurélien COULANGES, Junho CHO, Julie PARMENTIER
GRAPHICS Rafaelle ISHKINAZI, Vatsana TAKHAM
COMPUTER GENERATED IMAGES Raphael RENARD, Etienne FEHER, Benjamin ALCOVER, Julien COTTIER, Yahn HECKLER, Keely COLCLEUGH
LANDSCAPE Irène DJAO-RATKINE
DATES
Competition: 2008
CONTRACT TYPE Competition architect investor
PROGRAM Offices, hotel, housing, public facilities, shops, restaurants
AREA 140 000 m²
Offices 50 000 m²
Hotel 39 000 m²
Housing 33 000 m²
Public facilities 8 000 m²
Shops, restaurants 10 000 m²
HEIGHT301 m