Paris’ La Defense quarter will have a new skyline and a new urban landmark will be added to the city panorama. The change will not take place immediately, as the new building will be completed in 2022, but there is a tight time frame and existing buildings in the area will be demolished in early 2018.
The Link is the name of the new skyscraper designed by PCA-stream that will change the skyline of La Défense. The name reflects the shape of the building: the skyscraper will be made up of two distinct wings and each floor will have "links”. These links will be connecting platforms, so that each floor will have a surface area of 3000 m2. Also, because the floors are linked two by two by a large open staircase, each property unit can have a double surface area. The design strategy adopted by architecture studio PCA-stream can therefore accommodate up to 500 workers in one office, overcoming a limit for classic tower block offices: time taken to move via lift between one floor and another. This seemingly insignificant detail is important in terms of energy and human time lost with a large staff.
Facades with over 4800 m2 of integrated photovoltaic panelsand large terrace gardens that give nature an unusual place in the heart of a skyscraper are other strong points of The Link, together with the spectacular views it will offer of Parisand the Bois de Boulogne .
Architects: PCA-stream Philippe Chiambaretta Architects
Location: Paris, France
Images courtesy of PCA-stream Philippe Chiambaretta Architects