Phare Tower

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Phare Tower
Tour Phare
General information
Status Approved
Type Office, monument and retail
Location La Défense
(Courbevoie, France)
Construction started 2013
Completed 2017
Opening 2017
Height
Antenna spire 296 m (971 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 71
Floor area 130,000 m2 (1,400,000 sq ft)
Design and construction
Architect Morphosis (Thom Mayne)
Developer Unibail
Structural engineer IBE Consulting Engineers (MEP)

The Phare Tower (Tour Phare), in English, "Lighthouse Tower", is a planned approx. 300-metre (984 ft) tall skyscraper with 71 floors designed as a green building to be built in Courbevoie (Hauts-de-Seine), France, in the La Défense district of suburban Paris. The building is being designed by Los Angeles-based Morphosis, headed by architect Thom Mayne, and is scheduled to be completed in 2017. When completed, it will be the tallest skyscraper in Paris and one of the tallest in the European Union.

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While the French word phare means lighthouse (from Pharos) when employed alone, it also applies to any source of light used as a beacon. In this context, phare is used to describe the tower as something that will bring attention. Tour Phare is then meant to bring an architectural beacon to the periphery of Paris and more specifically La Défense.

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