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Arboretum

Arboretum is the most ambitious office real estate project since the construction of the business district of La Défense on the western city limits of Paris in the 1970s. Financed by BNP Paribas Real Estate and Woodeum, imagined by the architecture firms Leclercq Associés, nicolas laisné architectes and DREAM Dimitri Roussel, its construction will begin this September 2020. Located on the old industrial land of the Nanterre paper mill on the Parisian outskirts, Arboretum is a 9-hectare business site geared towards innovation. As François Leclercq explains, “The vertical tower model of business districts has currently become out-dated and must be reimagined. As such, Arboretum is the unique opportunity to invent a new format for the urban planning of workplaces. By its scale and location on the edge of one of the most beautiful parks on the banks of the Seine, it will be a piece of city where people will come to work. Horizontal, full of trees, providing indoor / outdoor workspaces, the site will be organized like a university campus, whose spatial qualities are today’s benchmark in terms of innovation, creativity and well-being “. Lire la suite…

 

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The history of La Grande-Motte mirrors the tale of the Ugly Duckling. For a long time decried as a symbol of the degradation of the French coastline, the seaside resort has transitioned from being labelled “la Grande Moche” (greatly unattractive) to “la Grande Mode” (greatly fashionable) in the space of 50 years. The brainchild of French architect Jean Balladur is now regarded as a model of success, laying the foundations for a future that goes beyond summer holidays and puts to question the widely proclaimed failure of the French ‘villes nouvelles’ (planned cities). French architecture agency Leclercq Associés is continuing this success story by taking on the extension of the resort, encompassing an enlarged pedestrian seawall, an extended harbour with a promenade and new family accommodations. Lire la suite…