The Tours du Pont de Sèvres office towers on the south-western outskirts of Paris, which were built in 1975 and had since deteriorated into an eyesore, were long a potent symbol for the rise and fall of the French automotive industry. Dominique Perrault won an international architectural competition in 2007 with his facelift of the tradition-steeped towers. A central element of his concept for refurbishing, restructuring and expanding the colossal structures was the agora spanning some 5,000 square meters. Gaëlle Lauriot-Prévost from Perrault’s firm designed the foyer of this area as a meeting point and junction for residents and employees from a total of ten towers. To structure the 1,500-square meter hall, she chose ceiling-high room dividers made of Escale stainless steel mesh from GKD – GEBR. KUFFERATH AG. Targeted lighting of the metallic structure creates a variety of reflections, which underline the bright, inviting character of the representative lobby.
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