The mixed-use Hermitage Plaza development will provide offices, apartments, a hotel and a spa within the two new buildings, as well as a public plaza that will slope up across a busy road to meet the river’s edge.
Diamond-shaped in plan, the two towers will have a twisted form that tapers outwards as they grow in height.
Here’s the full press release from Foster + Partners:
Hermitage Plaza granted Permis de Construire
Hermitage Plaza will create a new community to the east of La Défense, in Courbevoie, that extends down to the river Seine with cafés, shops and a public plaza at its heart.
The project incorporates two 320-metre-high buildings – the tallest mixed-use towers in Western Europe – which will establish a distinctive symbol for this new urban destination on the Paris skyline.
The result of a close collaboration with EPAD, the City of Courbevoie, Atelier de Paysage Urbain and Département de Hauts-de-Seine, the project is intended to inject life into the area east of La Défense by creating a sustainable, high-density community. The two towers accommodate a hotel, spa, panoramic apartments, offices and serviced apartments, as well as shops at the base.
The buildings face one another at ground level. Open and permeable to encourage people to walk through the site, the towers enclose a public piazza which establishes the social focus. As they rise from an interlocking diamond-shaped plan, the towers turn outward to address views across Paris.
The angle of the façade panels promotes self-shading and vents can be opened to draw fresh air inside, contributing to an environmental strategy that targets a BREEAM ‘excellent’ rating. The highly efficient diagrid structure uses less steel and emphasises the elegant proportions of the towers.
A crystal-shaped podium building contains office space, with two detached satellite buildings housing a gallery and auditorium that further extend the public realm.
The piazza – created by burying the existing busy road beneath a landscaped deck – slopes gently downward to the water’s edge, which is lined with new cafés and restaurants. Connected to the existing Courbevoie and EPAD masterplans, the project will reinforce the regeneration of the riverfront.
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Grant Brooker, a senior partner at Foster + Partners: “Our ambition was to create a project that would inject new life into La Défense by bringing a new type of occupation and creating a new public focus on the edge of the Seine. This announcement represents a very important stage in the project’s development and is thanks to the passion of our client, Emin Iskenderov, and the support we have had from EPAD, the City of Courbevoie and the Département de Hauts-de-Seine – we could not have reached this milestone without them.”
با وجود این که خیلی شواهد مبنی بر اونه که سیر تمایل بشر به بلندمرتبه سازی رو به افوله و این فرار تمدنی مانند باقی فرارهای چند قرن اخیر به بن بسته رسیده و بشر ناچاره که برگرده از مسیری که رفته، اما هنوز تلاش هایی هست برای جنباندن این جنازه. مسابقه بلندمرتبه سازی evolo یکی از این تلاش هاست که در پست زیر 25 برگزیده مسابقه سال 2012 رو با هم می بینیم.
به نظر منتهای تخیل بشر معاصر در زمینه معماری بلندمرتبه و حتی در زمینه عام معماری رو می شه در لابهلای این اتودها دید…
نکته جالب حاشیه ای بر این مسابقات رویکرد بازگشتی ارزشمند برخی آثاره. ردپای بازگشت از این مسیر رفته حتی در همین آثار روبه جلوی کانسپچوال هم دیده می شه. به شخصه کانسپتی که بر اساس الگوی روستاهای نشسته بر دامنه کوه تحت عنوان Mountain Band-Aid در بین این کارها وجود داشت خیلی مورد توجه من قرار گرفت.
An architect maybe the drawer of dreams, but the art acts most slowly and surely on the soul. In what is described as the science of drawing and erecting buildings and other physical structure, it is the unwavering vision and imagination of the creators that adds the human feeling to mortar and steel. Presented here is a recap of the 25 most outstanding designs and concepts of the 2012 evolo Skyscraper Competition. Each one as breathtaking as the other!
2) Mountain Band-Aid by Yiting Shen, Nanjue Wang, Ji Xia & Zihan Wang
3) Vertical Landfill by Lin Yu-Ta
4) Citadel Skyscraper by Victor Kopieikin & Pavlo Zabotin
5) Occupy Skyscraper by Ying Xiao & Shengchen Yang
6) Folded City by Adrien Piebourg & Bastien Papetti
7) Migrant Skyscraper by Damian Przybyła & Rafał Przybyła
8 ) House of Babel by MADETOGETHER – Nikita Asadov
9) Plastic Fish Tower by Kim Hongseop, Cho Hyunbeom, Yoon Sunhee & Yoon Hyungsoo
10) Tower of Babel by Maciej Nisztuk
11) Mountain City by Charly Duchosal
12) Coal Power Plant Mutation by Chipara Radu Bogdan
13) District 3 – Skyscraper of Liberation by Xiaoliang Lu & Yikai Lin
14) Bridge of Hope Skyscraper by Mohammed Adib, Ivan Arellano, Jordi Cunill, Maria Teresa Farre, Christian Koester & Davide Roncato
15) Vertical Ground by George Kontalonis, Jared Ramsdell, Nassim Es-Haghi & Rana Zureikat
16) Airport Skyscraper by ZhiYong Hong & XueTing Zhang
17) Aakash by Lemire Abdul Halim Chehab, Suraj Ramkumar Suthar & Swapnil Sanjay Gawande
18 ) Cliff Dwellings by PLUG: Román J. Cordero Tovar, Eric Israel Dorantes, Daniel Justino Rodríguez & Izbeth K. Mendoza Fragoso
19) Human Rights Skyscraper in Beijing by Ren Tianhang, Luo Jing & Kang Jun
20) Noah’s Ark: Sustainable City by Aleksandar Joksimovic & Jelena Nikolic
21) Tundra City by Pavel Sipkin
22) GreenGru Airportscraper by Gerasimos Pavlidis
23) Oceanscraper by Hui Chen & Luying Guo
24) Tehran Tower by Mahdi Kamboozia, Alireza Esfandiari, Nima Dehghani & Mohammad Ashkbar Sefat
25) Floaring City by Wei Zhao
Whoever wanders around Saigon, a chaotic city with the highest density of population in the world, can easily find flower-pots crampped and displayed here and there all around the streets. This interesting custom has formed the amused character of Saigon over a long period of time and Saigonese love their life with a large variety of tropical plants and flowers in their balconies, courtyards and streets.
The house, designed for a thirty-years-old couple and their mother, is a typical tube house constructed on the plot 4m wide and 20m deep. The front and back façades are entirely composed of layers of concrete planters cantilevered from two side walls.
The distance between the planters and the height of the planters are adjusted according to the height of the plants, which varies from 25 cm to 40 cm. To water plants and for easy maintenance, we use the automatic irrigation pipes inside the planters. We named this tropical, unique and green house “Stacking Green” because its façades filled with vigorous and vital greenery.
The house structure is a RC frame structure widely used in Vietnam. The partition walls are very few in order to keep interior fluency and view of green façades from every point of the house. During the day we get the varying light with the time of day trimmed by the top-light in the center. In the morning and the afternoon, the sunlight enters through the amount of leafs on both façades, creating beautiful shadow effects on the granite walls, which are composed of strictly stacked 2cm stones.
The green façade and roof top garden protect its inhabitants from the direct sunlight, street noise and pollution. Furthermore, natural ventilation through the façades and 2 top-lights allow this house to save a big energy in a harsh climate in Saigon. Concerning these ecological approaches, we referred a lot to the bioclimatic principles of traditional Vietnamese courtyard house.
In this chaotic city, we defined the full variety of surrounding greenery as a context of Saigon and applied to the main concept of this house. Although the Saigon townscape is getting uniformed and boring under the influence of the furious urban sprawl of recent years, we intended this house to inspire people to re-define and re-increase the greenery as the character of this city. “Stacking Green” is just one small house, but it is generated from the context of Saigon. We hope that “Stacking Green” makes Saigon become more distinguished and fascinating with much more tropical greenery in the future.
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