Saint-Gobain Tower: Towering Achievement

More than just being the Group’s new headquarters, the new Saint-Gobain Tower, at La Défense, near Paris, will be an emblem. 165 meters tall, the Tower will offer 2,700 employees 49,000 sq. m of workspace distributed over 44 floors. It will also have 1,100 square meters of balconies and terraces, all open to the employees, and a public showroom. Built using 80 of the Group’s innovative products, it will act as a showcase for Saint-Gobain’s expertise and products.
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PEAK OF COMFORT AND DURABILITY
With the Saint-Gobain Tower, the Group is targeting an exemplary level of environmental quality for its new headquarters. It also wants to provide its employees with a very comfortable working environment. The future tower has therefore been designed to serve as an illustration of the Multi-Comfort concept and an environmentally friendly strategy.

SHINING AND A TRANSPARENT DESIGN 

Following an international tender process, Valode & Pistre were selected for the new Saint-Gobain Tower’s architectural, technical and environmental design. Crystalline in appearance, it evokes Saint-Gobain’s historic business: glass. 

The tower will play with light that will become its main material. Comprised of an assembly of “crystals,” the interplay of surfaces and angles, and the nature of the glass itself, will result in alternating play of transparency and reflection. It will provide the building with an almost magical dimension that depends on the viewer’s vantage point and changes with each hour of the day.

With the same height and the same volume as a vertical prism, the Tower’s silhouette will reach upwards to become a sculptural object. This movement, combined with the three sections of the Tower – base, body and head – will transform the building into a character which, viewed from the Paris-La Défense esplanade, will provide a welcoming gesture. 

The omnipresence of green spaces is remarkable. Each office level will have a garden with direct access for the employees. The prisms at the base and top of the Tower will also house forested greenhouses.

The foundation stone for the new Saint-Gobain tower was laid on April 19, 2017.

 

 

 

 

ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE TAKEN TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL 

Environmental concerns sit at the heart of the Tower’s architecture. An array of spatial, architectural and technical solutions will contribute to the Tower’s efficiency in this area. 

But the particularly ambitious targets will above all be achieved thanks to the installation of reversible radiating ceilings and a very low-speed air displacement ventilation system combined with the extremely high thermal performance of the facade. Rainwater will also be recovered to irrigate the gardens and plants, helping keep the glasshouses naturally cool. 

STRIVING UPWARDS

The new headquarters is aiming for triple environmental certification: LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design), BREEAM (Building Research Establishment & Environmental Design), and NF HQE (French high quality environmental certification), together with EFFINERGIE+ certification. The building will also comply with Saint-Gobain’s CARE:4 standard. In short, the new Saint-Gobain Tower will be more than a match for the most stringent standards and the Group’s most demanding environmental targets.

 

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