Major project in La Defense scaled down and redesigned


At 296 meters, the ambitious Tour Phare was originally conceived as France’s tallest edifice and a symbol of La Défense’s ongoing renewal. Several years after being revealed to the public, the iconic project is now set to be replaced by a new, scaled-down concept. The new design comprises two shorter towers.


Initial design for Tour Phare, image via Morphosis

Following multiple appeals from local resident associations and a disagreement with Puteaux’s mayor regarding the demolition of a pedestrian bridge to allow for construction to proceed, developer Unibail Rodamco announced that the tower has undergone a major redesign by French architecture and urban planning firm Atelier Christian de Portzamparc.


The Tours Sisters, image via Atelier Christian de Portzamparc

Now known as Tours Sisters , the development consists of a pair of mixed-use towers rising approximately 200 and 100 meters above ground level. While the tallest edifice will house 95,000 square meters of office space, the shorter tower will include a 300-room, four-star hotel. The buildings will be connected by a skybridge floating 80 meters in the air and feature a spa, theater, restaurant, and rooftop garden.

The cost of the new project is estimated at €630 million (USD$704.6 million), compared to €900 million (USD$1 billion) for the previous design. The completion date for the pair of towers is now tentatively scheduled for 2021.

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