the project maintains a direct relation with the public space of the promenade of La Défense
the facade with a lightly perforated anodized aluminum envelope
inside the suspended façade
Finally, the singular and unifying materiality (a lightly perforated anodized aluminum envelope) shines and varies like a photosensitive skin. It changes appearance throughout the day, depending on the changing quality of natural light and the hue of the sky, and it reflects and augments and absorbs nearby buildings. At night, the suspended façade turned toward the promenade and the Grande Arche dematerializes. For the office of Louis Paillard the objective is to build inhabited and luminous castles – SKYLIGHT – to challenge the high-rise and mono-functional citadels of office towers.
Thus, the new generation of students henceforth inhabits the bases of these new buildings. They are housed in functional apartments, broadly lit with natural light and adapted to their lifestyle. The mostly glazed lobby contains common areas such as the cafeteria, the fitness center, a luggage checkroom, a big laundry room, a mailbox area and meeting or waiting areas, under the surveillance of a custodian. The ownership program apartments are either in a large studio format or two-room duplex apartments. They are definitely luxurious, as much in their organization, their dual or even triple orientation, as in their positioning from the 11th ton the 18th floor in duplexes.
学生公寓内部 student apartment
This colonnade is treated as a veritable “urban drawing room,” crossing point, amorous meeting place… strongly identifying the entrance and the addressing of the double height entrance lobby of the ownership program apartments. The office is convinced that in blending these criteria, living in the sky in a decidedly contemporary building with a strong identity is the approach that will foster in future inhabitants and the general public an emotional dimension specifically linked to this new way of living at La Défense.
公寓夜景 night view