Year of construction: 1984
Architects: Henri La Fonta, with F. Kaminski. Capacity: 127 units
Height: 31m. 9 floors
Address: 17-20, Place de l'Iris - 92400 Courbevoie
Nearest parking lot: Iris
Nearest metro station: Esplanade de La Défense
The Neuilly-Défense building, together with the Iris building, completes the project left pending by Henry Bernard in connection with Manhattan Square. Henri La Fonta inherits the project and signs an L-shaped building, articulated on either side of a rotunda. The residence offers large balconies and terraces on the top floor. The white tile flooring - typical of buildings from the 1980s - and the thick facades contrast with the smooth, glazed facades of the surrounding office towers.
A word about the architect
Before becoming an architect, Henri La Fonta first tried his hand at sculpture and painting. However, his training at the Camondo School led him to architecture. He gained his first experience in 1951 in Morocco as a collaborator and then returned to Paris in the 1960s. There, he worked for several design offices.
In 1977, he founded his own agency. This agency quickly established itself thanks to the creativity and conceptual rigour he demonstrated in his work. At La Défense, Henri La Fonta is, from the 1980s, the main instigator of the renewal of office buildings. The business district owes him Les Miroirs as well as the Pascal and Voltaire Towers.