La Défense, Paris France
Designed as an efficient and innovative office tower, the "Treelight Tower” is located on the Avenue General de Gaulle in the north west of Paris in the district of La Défense. The design phase was preceded by an artistic draft initially inspired by the natural forms of trees, that with their sinuous shapes they emerge from the ground with vigour and strength. The concept of "tree-light", or "tree of light" comes from this core that will not just be an architectural element but a symbol, connecting sky and earth, linking inside and outside.
The large glass surface suggests a constant attraction towards outer space which characterizes and identifies the entire building punctuated with different shades of yellow, creating a bright and harmonious atmosphere. The tree-light ensures the recycling of air, in fact, it wants to be a forced air duct in macro terms of its size.
The "Treelight Tower" has been specially conceived to accommodate offices and also a shopping area, parking, leisure areas and panoramic views, a restaurant with breathtaking panoramic view: a true window to the district "La Défense". At 227 meters high, it integrates within the urban context as something fluid and dynamic that seems to merge with the underlying soil. Within, is a nucleus of glass, completely hollow, located centrally, which runs the entire structure from the base to the top.
Status: Competition Entry
Location: La Défense, Paris, France (2006)