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Norman Foster Unveils Twin Faceted Skyscrapers for Paris

Posted By Mike Chino On March 12, 2009 @ 2:00 pm In Architecture | 5 Comments

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Norman Foster + Partners [2] recently revealed the masterplan for a new sustainable community [3] just outside of Paris complete with twin faceted skyscrapers [4] that will be the tallest mixed-use towers in Western Europe. Dubbed Hermitage Plaza [5], the high-density development will create a a thriving community east of La Défense [6] that is targeting a BREEAM ‘excellent’ [7] rating – one of the world’s most widely used environmental assessment methods for architecture.

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Running alongside the Seine, Hermitage Plaza [5] “will create a 24-hour community that will regenerate the riverfront and inject new life into a predominantly commercial part of the city.” The development will feature a hotel, spa [8], apartments, offices, and retail space in addition to a public piazza [9] that runs all the way to the river’s edge. The twin triangle-faceted towers face each other at the ground level and twist [10] as they rise to give stunning views of the city of light [11]. Each tower features a high-performance glazed façade split into faceted panels that promote shading, and exterior vents can be opened for natural ventilation [12].

Paris has a history of vigorously fighting to preserve its skyline, so it will be interesting to see how the public receives this project. Hermitage Plaza [5] is slated to break ground in 2010 and complete by the end of 2014.

+ Foster + Partners [2]

Via Dezeen [13]

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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/?p=20490

[2] Norman Foster + Partners: http://www.fosterandpartners.com/Practice/Default.aspx

[3] sustainable community: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/08/18/forbes-park-by-urban-design-and-redevelopment/

[4] twin faceted skyscrapers: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/03/24/norman-fosters-almaty-financial-district-towers-in-kazakhstan/

[5] Hermitage Plaza: http://www.fosterandpartners.com/News/369/Default.aspx

[6] La Défense: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/09/29/generali-tower-by-valode-and-pistre/

[7] BREEAM ‘excellent’: http://www.breeam.org/

[8] spa: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/02/04/monterey-bay-shores-eco-resort/

[9] public piazza: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/10/30/emerald-plaza-by-emergent-architecture/

[10] twist: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/02/11/mode-gakuen-spiral-towers-by-nikken-sekkei/

[11] city of light: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/07/14/paris-visualizes-air-quality-via-color-changing-balloon/

[12] natural ventilation: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/02/27/russia-tower-worlds-largest-naturally-ventilated-building/

[13] Dezeen: http://www.dezeen.com/2009/03/12/hermitage-plaza-by-foster-partners/

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