A 100% residential building coming soon to La Défense

The construction of the ‘Skylight’ building starts next month and is set to finish by the second quarter of 2017! For the first time in 30 years, the building in Paris’ La Defense district will be 100% residential, comprising 168 student rooms and 113 dwellings.

If you are one of the thousands of time-starved executives who commute daily into La Défense, this new building could be the answer. While about 10,000 people already live on this slab of financial concrete just outside of central Paris, no purely residential building had been built there for 30 years.

A bill of sale was signed between EPADESA and property developer Nexity. It focuses on the realisation of the Skylight development in the ‘Jardins’ district in the heart of Paris-La Défense (commune of Puteaux).

The building is imminent: Skylight construction will start next month and will finish by the end of the second quarter of 2017. The building, which will be built across 18 floors, will consist of 168 student residences and 113 apartments from studios to 2-beds only, with exceptional views of the Grande Arche and the Garden District of the Ark.

A district to boost the attractiveness of La Defense

It is the Louis Paillard architectural firm who designed the building’s distinctly modern architecture, both in its form and for the materials used on the facades: steel, annealed mirror.

At its peak, a light cap, dynamic and colorful, will be  placed  in coordination with the public areas of the Gardens of the Ark, which is currently under development. The Skylight building is expected to contribute to the vitality of the business district.

And that’s not all: by 2017, the production of equipment such as the Arena Nanterre La Défense, a sports theatre for up to 40,000 people (one of the largest capacities Europe), offices, restaurants, ephemeral pavilions, a boutique hotel, housing or new public spaces will also improve the area.