Year of construction: 1972
Architects: Jean-Robert Delb, Michel Chesneau and Jean Verola, with B. Lalande
Surface area: 72,000 sq.m
Height: 111 m. 33 floors
Address: 100-101, Terrasse Boieldieu - 92800 Puteaux
Nearest car park : Boieldieu
Nearest metro station: La Défense Grande Arche
The Franklin project was first studied by Robert Camelot, in association with Gérard Escande, before being entrusted by the French landowners' association to Jean-Robert Delb, Michel Chesneau and Jean Verola. The Franklin artwork was first studied by Robert Camelot, in association with Gérard Escande, before being entrusted by the French landowners' association to Jean-Robert Delb, Michel Chesneau and Jean Verola. The trio abandoned the protruding framework on the façade proposed by Camelot and opted for a double curtain wall tower.
Based on the same model as the towers on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, designed by Ludwig Mies vand der Rohe, the Franklin towers are composed of aluminium structures, bronze Parsol glass and Emalit spandrels. Inside, the offices are separated by glass partitions.
A word about the architects
Second Grand Prix de Rome in 1957, Jean-Robert Delb (1925) founded his own agency in 1961, after several collaborations in France and Morocco. Particularly active in the west of Paris, he built many office buildings such as the one located at the head of the Saint-Cloud bridge. He is also the author of one of the most important residential towers in Paris: the Bourcy Tower in the 18th arrondissement.
Associated with Michel Chesneau and Jean Verola, the architect built four towers in the 1970s at La Défense: Atlantique, Europe, Winterthur and Franklin. In 1981, he signed, alone, the Lotus building which is his last achievement in La Défense.
For their part, Michel Chesneau and Jean Verola signed the Les Dauphins residence in 1974.