The regeneration of La Defense gets a green emblem in Generali Tower
As part of the EPAD’s recently launched campaign “renouveau de la Défense,” the Group Gererali in conjunction with the developer Vinci Immobilier, have unveiled the development of a new office tower designed by the international competition laureate Valode & Pistre Architects.
The slender silhouette of the Generali Tower will add a new landmark to the skyline of la Défense. Its form and location will contribute to the urban renewal of the business district sought by the EPAD, addressing both the pedestrian and the vehicular levels of its immediate context.
Sustainability is at the heart of the architectural concept of the Generali Tower. The building’s innovative structure and envelope, as well as the choice of its technical and mechanical equipments - opening windows, suspended gardens at all levels - will enhance the user’s comfort whilst reducing energy consumption. The production of renewable energies has also been incorporated in the tower’s design, 18 vertical axis wind turbines, 1,700 sq m of photovoltaic cells and 600 sq m of solar panels are located in the towers central spire, giving it a unique silhouette in La Défense.
Encompassing 90 000 sq m (nearly 1 million sq ft) of gross floor area, the tower will house various facilities including an auditorium, club lounges, numerous restaurants and a crèche. Delivery of the tower is scheduled for 2012.