Les Villages de l'Arche
Year of construction: 1994
Architect : Atelier Castro-Denissof
Surface area: 84,000 sq.m
Height : 40 m. 9 floors
Former name: Espace 21
Address: Cours Valmy - 92800 Puteaux
Nearest car park : Valmy
Nearest metro station: La Défense Grande Arche
Forming a series of closed spaces, the buildings house a covered round square, another semi-circular - with a mineral tendency - and a green oval square. According to the architects, this is a perfect blend of "the gigantic nature of La Défense and respect for those who live and work there. »
A word about architects
The Castro-Denissof agency is a structure created in 1988 by Roland Castro (1940) and Sophie Denissof (1955), later joined by Silvia Casi.
Author of several public buildings and equipment in the 1980s, Roland Castro is best known for his stand against the urbanism of towers and bars, typical of the "Trente Glorieuses", but also for his actions to "remodel" large ensembles: in Lorient or Jean Dubuisson's Caravelle in Villeneuve-la-Garenne.
At the beginning of the 1990s, he was asked by Charles Pasqua, then President of the Hauts-de-Seine General Council, to "redesign" the department. This led the agency to work on the La Défense site. It thus created Les Villages de l'Arche, the Colisée, the Pullman Hotel and worked on the development of the circular boulevard.