France’s new highest tower

After six months of negotiations, the French oil group Total has chosen its new address for its future headquarters, which will come out of the ground in 2021. If Total changes tower, it will remain at La Défense.

This is good news for La Défense, which continues to confirm its position as Europe’s leading business district. In fact, the economic lung of Paris will host a new giant tower in the next four years, in which Total will set up its headquarters. The group wishes to move Michelet and Coupole towers, considered to be ageing, where they have stood for more than thirty years. The management had offered for employees to choose their new place of work, among three possible projects.

Employees were given the choice between the Tower Sisters by architect Christian de Portzamparc, a 125,000 sqm office campus within a large 9-hectare park in Nanterre, and the “Link” tower developed by Groupama Immobilier. This last project was selected. In all, nearly 6,000 employees will be grouped together in this skyscraper of 244 meters in height, which will dominate the sky of Paris by 2021. The First tower, 231 meters high, will thus lose its title of highest tower of France.

The project is to be built in the Michelet district of Puteaux, on the edge of the circular boulevard, on the site of the current Michelet building, which houses part of the Groupama offices. The tower, which along with the First tower, will form a symbolic gateway to the district, will be visible from all over Paris, and will thus constitute a new landmark in the sky of the capital.