The D2 Tower, winner of the Eiffel Trophy for Steel Architecture 2015!

14.10.2015  Non classe

The D2 Tower, the first high-rise building with concrete core and steel exoskeleton in France, is once again distinguished. After the ArchiDesignClub Award 2015, the Trophée du Bien-Etre 2015, and a third rank at theEmporis Skyscraper Award, the jury for the Eiffel trophies rewarding Steel Architectureacknowledges the character and skills put into the work signed by architects Anthony Bechu and Tom Sheehan.

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A Unique place and a human adventure

Creating a live link between the Esplanade of La Défenseand the adjoining Courbevoie district, the D2 Tower rises above the ring road, contributing to transforming it into an urban boulevard. The refreshing modernity it brings to thesurrounding towers, along with the 30% savings on materials granted by its conception, make it an environmental antidote that revolutionizes the skyline and urban landscape of La Défense. Its façades are screens that reflectthe journey of the sun, the reflecting of the colors of the sky. Its inhabited and accessible summit, the first of its kind in La Défense, houses the « Garden in the Clouds », a roofless 450m² space.

171 meter-high, the building can welcome up to 4,200 people in its 28 offices levels. Thanks to an efficient environmental strategy, the D2 Tower has received both an HQE certification for office building anda BREEAM certification.

Inaugurated at the beginning of 2015, the D2 Tower belongs to Sogecap, a life insurance company within the SociétéGénérale Group. It is currently being commercialized for rent.


Two architects

Anthony Béchu

The Agenced’Architecture A. Béchu (AAAB), rooted family history for three generations, is an international architecture and urban planning studio directed by Anthony Bechu. It designs and builds works for both public and private sectors: housing, retail, hotels, sport, cultural and educational facilities. The agency also combines works within urban planning, landscape, interior design and urban design.

Since the 1990s, benefiting from its expertise and taste for challenge, AAAB has gone abroad. After a few pioneer projects in China, with the help of its multidisciplinary teams, the studio is now exporting its capacity to build in several parts of the world, in particular in Russia, Iraq, Mongolia, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates, Senegal and Morocco.


Tom Sheehan

Born in San Francisco to an Architect father, Tom Sheehan’s up-bringing in this fertile environment  developed his imagination from an early age. Passionate about design, proud of the close relationships that he builds with all members of the design and construction process, he tirelessly designs tomorrow’s buildings. This proximity allows him to clearly target the clients’ goals and wishes, and elaborate « custom made » solutions that exceed their expectations.

The teams at Atelier Tom Sheehan & Partenaires are composed of experienced Architects coming from all sorts of backgrounds and cultures. The different languages and cultures found at the Studio are part of its strength and wealth. The solutions it develops integrate perfectly to their urban and social context.


The Reward

Organized by the ConstruirAcier association, the Eiffel trophies for Steel Architecture aim to distinguish various significant works of architecture, made completely or partially using steel. Designers, architects, engineers and metal construction companies can be awarded.

Six categories of projects are awarded:franchir (cross), habiter (housing), travailler (offices), apprendre (learn), divertir (entertain), voyager (travel)

The Eiffel trophies are attributed by an independent jury, to works built in France.


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