The Journal du Dimanche (JDD) reports that expected shortly the laying of the cornerstone for tower Hekla in the business district of La Défense in Paris. Jean Nouvel trusts that the “curse of Defense” that haunts him for over thirty years has ended.
“I’ve never managed to build for the defense, he sighs. I finished second in the competition of the Ark [launched in 1982 by François Mitterrand]. In 1989, I had to make the tower without end, a skyscraper of 425 meters high, the models have been all over the world, but that has been abandoned, “says Jean Nouvel.
“And then there was the Signal Tower in 2008, the first high-rise mixed … swept away by the crisis. That’s a lot anyway! “That’s why the tower Hekla is particularly close to his heart.” I’m confident. There should not be any problem “continues Jean Nouvel.
The Jean Nouvel-designed tower will dramatically change the skyline of La Défense. Upon completion of the project, the site will provide a completely new space within La Défense, offering the largest green park in the area and creating a link between the business district and the Town of Puteaux.
The main bridge surrounding the site will be transformed into a pedestrian path. The outstanding location gives great visibility and fantastic views to and from west of the capital. HEKLA is expected to be completed in 2019.