Granite Tower

France - Paris 2001 › 2008

This tower, a new building, part of the set of buildings which make up the headquarters of French bank Société Générale, is designed as a major feature at the western extremity of the Paris – La Défense district. Squeezed into a narrow, triangular site, the tower forms a tall and slender triangular prism like a bow marking the start of the “Valmy” sector.

Linked to the existing cylindrical towers of the Société Générale designed in the 1990’s by Michel Andrault and Pierre Parat, the triangular tower conveys a dual image: an independent building on the Paris – La Défense skyline and a building linked to the two existing towers which unifies the bank’s block.
The dihedral structure of the “pierced wall” stabilizes the bow angle and sides, and the rear folds to preserve the light and views from the existing towers.

PROGRAM: An office tower designed for the French bank Société Générale, located in front of the “Alicante” and “Chassagne”, towers built in 1995.

SURFACE AREA: 69,000 sq.m. | HEIGHT: 184 sq.m. – 45 floors

CLIENT: GALYBET (Subsidiary of the Société Générale group)

CLIENT REPRESENTATIVE: ORCADIM (filiale du groupe Société Générale


DESIGN OFFICES: Studies phase structure: S.I.D.F | Structure phase CPI: COTEBA ingénierie | Facades: FACADES 2000 | Fluid streams: COTEBA engineering | HQE advice: COTEBA environment  | Bright sculpture of the reception hall: Martin Wallace