Jean Nouvel and Norman Foster are among the seven architects who have proposed seven new skyscraper designs for the Le Defense district of Paris, in order to encourage businesses from post-Brexit London.
French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macros announced the initiative during his visit to London as part of a new marketing campaign for the French district.
The towers would cater to various professions including bankers, academics and researches who may potentially be forced to move from London to Paris, following the Brexit vote.
40 per cent of the staff working in these seven buildings are said to be employed by overseas companies.
“Paris La Défense is a turnkey destination with a thriving economic ecosystem in the heart of Europe, offering a level of culture, quality of life and unbeatable dynamism: Essential factors to consider for relocation,” said Marie-Célie Guillaume, director of the organisation Defacto that manages the district.
“This campaign unrolls the blue-white-red carpet to thousands of talents and professionals who are now looking for a new European headquarters.”
“As regrettable as the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union, we must be pragmatic and assert the strengths of our territory,” added Defacto president Patrick Devedjian.
The seven skyscrapers are named Trinity, Alto, M2, Hekla, Sisters, Air 2 and Hermitage.
See the full list here:
Hekla by Ateliers Jean Nouvel
Hermitage Plaza by Foster + Partners
Les Jardins de l’Arche by Ateliers 2/3/4/
Tours Sisters by Christian de Portzamparc
Trinity by Crochon-Brullmann +Associés
Alto by IF Architectes
Air 2 by Agence Arquitectonica
Tour Saint-Gobain (M2) by Valode and Pistre Architects