Photographer's Note

This is yet another picture from La Défense. The closest building is the the KPMG Building designed by architects Michel Andrault et Nicolas Ayoub. Construction ended in 1997 and it has 9 floors and total space of 15 000m². It hosts KPMG, one of the world’s largest firms for professional services providing audit, tax and advisory services. It employs over 123,000 people in 145 countries across the world.

Then a glimpse of the Tour Pacific designed by the Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa. It was build between 1988 and 1992 and it 25 has the height is 90 meters. It is also called the Japanese Tower an seeks to marry Japanese Culture with European Culture. The curtain wall facade represents a sliding door of wood and paper (Shoji) while the curved facade represents European masonry-structured architecture in Europe and a pedestrian bridge represents Taiko Bashi (a traditional Japanese arch bridge). The building houses both offices and spaces for Japanese.

And in the background once again the twins of Tours Société Générale (Tour Alicante and Tour Chassagne) and their little brother, the Tour Granite. The twin towers were built in 1995 and are the headquarters of France’s largest banking group. The buildings are identical and were designed by architects, Michel Andrault, Pierre Parat and Nicolas Ayoub. The height of both towers is 167 and the number of floors is 37. In its interior the two towers differ though since one is decorated with red Alicante marble and the other with white Chassange stone from which the towers got their names.

Between the twin towers the Tour Granite is seen, an office skyscraper ordered also by the Société Générale. The building is newly constructed (2008). The architect is Christian de Portzamparc. It has 40 floors and a height of 183 meters. Like the twin towers the Tour Alicante and the Tour Chassagne it has an inclined roof.

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