The French architect and winner of the 2008 Pritzker Prize Jean Nouvel has designed a 220-meter-high tower in Paris’ major business district, La Défense. The 80,000m² Hekla Tower offers a dual-level lobby, six underground floors, five dining areas, a 250-seat auditorium, and innovative office spaces to accommodate 5,800 employees. Hekla will become an entirely new space like no other upon completion in 2022, and it will also offer the largest green area of the district.
The tower is made of metal and glass. The ambitious skyscraper’s exterior will be constructed based on a complex system of triangular panels placed at different angles that make up the facade and outer skin of it. This facade system gives the tower the look of a mineral that grew right out of earth’s core. The top-end of the tower is left open giving capacity to a roof garden partially shaded by the triangular panels that also provide space for natural tree growth.
With 39 stories of office space, 5 stories devoted to services and 3 levels housing an exceptional "Club Space" area, above which there is a roof terrace, the Hekla Tower reinvents all conventions, with terraces or loggias on every story, a hanging garden at the top, and panoramic views over Paris and La Défense. Intelligent and upgradable, Hekla is characterized by its modularity, meaning it can adapt to its users' every need and desire.