Developer : Paris La Défense
Investor / Promoter: SCPI Elysées Pierre
Architect/urba: Bouchaud Architectes
MOE : Artelia
AMO : Artelia
Entreprises : SPIE Batignolles IDF
Surface: 16,620 sq.m. - non IGH - 9 office levels
Location: Esplanade Nord, Iris district (Courbevoie)
An ambitious restructuring
On Place des Vosges, Le Balzac becomes aKora, with a total restructuring of this non-high-rise building, with a view to reconciling the worlds of mineral and plant life.
Visible from both the Boulevard Circulaire and the quays of the Seine, aKora is nevertheless located in a quiet and pleasant area, overlooking the Diderot Park. Two meridian bays cut into the facades bring light and transparency, reinforce the view of the park on the Seine side and signal the main entrance of the building on the Place des Vosges side.
The project aims to achieve HQE BBC Effinergie Excellent, BREEAM Very Good and Biodivercity certification and the WiredScore Platinum label, as well as excellent calibration in terms of cyber security.
Services at the heart of the project
aKora has a connected lobby and integrates services such as a work café, an inter-company restaurant and conservation measures for a wellness area, a concierge service, an infirmary, cloakrooms, a coworking area and meeting rooms.
The building has tree-lined loggias on each floor and a green rooftop with panoramic views.
aKora is not a building like the others in La Défense:
- aKora is a non-GI building: with its 9 levels of offices, its height is just under 28 m, so it is not classified as a tower
- Its 405 sq.m. rooftop, planted with trees and accessible, is a sought-after feature. It is therefore possible to organise meetings and receptions with a spectacular view.
- Most of its windows can be opened
For the architect, the main challenge of this project was to create a visual link between the square in the heart of the block and the Parc Diderot in order to identify the main entrance. The design of the façade responds to the kinetic phenomena linked to its view from the circular boulevard of La Défense. The fifth façade is treated as an accessible garden protected from the wind by high railings.
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