Palatin I (Le)
Year of construction: 2001-2004
Architects: Arte Charpentier and Robert Lewis Turner. Surface area: 8,000 sq.m
Height: 49 m. 7 floors
Address: 30, Rue de Valmy - 92800 Puteaux
Nearest car park: Centre Grande Arche
Nearest metro station: La Défense Grande Arche
The three buildings that make up the Palatinate Complex complete the subdivision of the western part of the Arche District. With Palatine I, the architects delivered a small-scale building, reminiscent in form of other buildings in La Défense. The triangular ground plan imposes an overhang between the second and sixth floors. This solution, in addition to the acute angle treatment, gives the building a Parisian look.
Geographically, the Palatine II and Palatine III buildings mark the completion of the north-western part of the business district. Although three times larger than Palatine I, the construction of these two buildings is based on the same principle. The master builders used a honeycombed metal framework whose column-free spans allow the passage of air-conditioning ducts and provide a ceiling height of 2.85 m. The buildings were built on the basis of the same principle. The hall is also treated in a series of inverted V-beams giving the illusion of a string of arches framing the entrance doors.
A word about the architects
Created in 1969 by Jean-Marie Charpentier, the Arte Charpentier agency has nearly 130 employees. Relatively discreet in the 1970s, it made a name for itself by creating the Météor Saint-Lazare station in 2003.
In 1997, the agency began a series of collaborations with Robert Lewis Turner, known for having worked with Skidmore, Owings and Merril on the development of London's Canary Wharf. The latter, a specialist in office buildings whose concept is based mainly on flexibility, designs all his projects in metal frames. A feature that has been increasingly prevalent at La Défense since the 1980s.