First/AXA Tower

  • Localisation

    Courbevoie, La Défense

  • Maître d’ouvrage

    ALTAREA-COGEDIM, AXA Real Estate, Beacon Capital Partners

  • Rôle de l’agence

    Partner architect

  • Programme

    Renovation of a 52-storey high-rise office/retail building, with 4 floors in the substructure and 48 in the superstructure

  • Superficie

    85 000 m²

  • Budget

    291 M €

  • Livraison

    2011

  • Photograph

    © Jared Chulski

The First tower was one of the most exceptional renovation projects in La Défense.
First replaced the former Axa tower, increasing its height by 50m, creating a slender silhouette against the Parisian skyline and marking the entrance to the business district. This building blends into its surroundings due to the introduction of pedestrian areas as well as its strong architectural identity. The technical challenges of this project revolved around the demolition and re-construction of the central core as well as widening the existing floorplates. During the design process, particular attention was paid to the wellbeing of the buildings future occupiers. Spaces on the lower levels were reorgainsed, the entrance hall refurbished and circulations streamlined. The opaque façades were replaced and now let natural light into the workspaces while offering panoramic views over the capital. Terraces and gardens on the upper floors offer outdoor entertainment spaces. This project was awarded HQE Construction, HQE Exploitation, LEED Gold and BREEAM Inuse certifications.