Tour Ariane

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Tour Ariane
General information
Type Office
Location La Défense
Coordinates 48°53′22″N 2°14′37″E / 48.88944°N 2.24361°E / 48.88944; 2.24361Coordinates: 48°53′22″N 2°14′37″E / 48.88944°N 2.24361°E / 48.88944; 2.24361
Construction started 1973
Completed 1975
Antenna spire 152 m (499 ft)
Roof 152 m (499 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 36
Floor area 57,300 m2 (617,000 sq ft)
Design and construction
Architect Robert Zammit, Jean de Mailly

Tour Ariane (English: Ariane Tower)(previously known as tour Générale between 1973–1995) is an office skyscraper located in La Défense, the high-rise business district situated west of Paris, France.

Built in 1975, it belongs to the 2nd generation of skyscrapers in La Défense. The tower is 152 m (499 ft) tall and has 36 floors. In spite of a very conventional design, the tower offers an interesting and original cladding. The entrance of the tower was modified in the 1990s. The tower is currently undergoing major refurbishment.

The tower is owned by Unibail-Rodamco.

On 27 March 2014, the 52 years old French rock and urban climber Alain Robert, a.k.a. "the French Spider-Man", climbed the famous tower in 45 minutes. Onlookers and police gathered to watch his climb. He was arrested by police and later released without being charged.[1][2]

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