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Architects: Nicolas Sisto
Project team: Nicolas Sisto, Egle Costantinopoli
Landscape Architects: BASELAND Paysagistes
Design team: Nicolas Sisto
Renderings: ALMA Studio
The contest for the renovation of the office tower situated in Gare de Lyon District was announced as a third lease of life for the tower built in the ’70s.
The previous architectures could not survive more than 20 years —an ecological drama really since every major renovation of such towers is consuming approximately 1 ton of CO2/sqm.
The concept of the tower was to create an intemporal design, a project linked to the urban life and to the public sphere.
The concept also includes the evolution of the programs, designs, and regulations for the next 80 years.
It’s heavily inspired by Parisian regionalist codes (such as alignments to the neighboring structures and arch-covered paths). Indeed, the Gare de Lyon district is composed by ‘international’ architectures and urban programs, without a specific Parisian soul.
The landscape design of the square is linked to the forest through the rooftop by a vertical green signature. The arches are covered by a thin water basin, creating infinite relations with the river, and providing refreshments to the façade in summer.