Tour Signal de Force

In an effort to revitalize the La Défense neighborhood of Paris, this winning design by Ateliers Jean Nouvel, was selected over dozens of other firms. This 71 floor tower will include office, hotel, residential and retail spaces. Heralded as “sustainable architecture”, this design is basically made up of four blocks piled one on top of the other with atriums forming huge windows, each facing in alternate directions. These atriums, though beautiful in their design are essentially really big empty indoor spaces that need to be filled with very nature unfriendly Air Conditioning! Vive le contradición!

Architect: Jean Nouvel [ Via: Dezeen ]

7 Comments

  • Sometimes I think, anyone can be a great designer..

  • Jonathan says:

    HAhaha! “Vive le contradición!”
    So true. But while I’m not normally into glass ob/constructions, I do feel the rectangular design fits in that area. Atria are interesting spaces, and I like the bottom two because of all the white, but I’m not pro wasting space. Too many atria in that building. Totally unnecessary.

  • ignorance is ignoran says:

    When i read the description I agreed with how the air conditioning contradicts the whole eco idea of the building. But when i saw the pictures and realized how large the atriums were I realized that they wouldn't exactly need airconditioning. As we all know heat rises, thus cooling the building would only be a matter of venting the ceiling and installing ceiling fans to pull the heat up and out. Thus solving the costly problem of the air cooling system.

  • ignorance is ignorance, not bliss says:

    When i read the description I agreed with how the air conditioning contradicts the whole eco idea of the building. But when i saw the pictures and realized how large the atriums were I realized that they wouldn’t exactly need airconditioning. As we all know heat rises, thus cooling the building would only be a matter of venting the ceiling and installing ceiling fans to pull the heat up and out. Thus solving the costly problem of the air cooling system.

  • Frenchmanwhospeaksen says:

    actually air condition is not often used in areas like paris, because it doesn't get very hot (max around 31 degrees C) so air conditioning won't be used (I wouldn't do it and I live 100km from Paris)

  • Frenchmanwhospeaksenglish says:

    actually air condition is not often used in areas like paris, because it doesn’t get very hot (max around 31 degrees C) so air conditioning won’t be used (I wouldn’t do it and I live 100km from Paris)

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