Tour First

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Tour First
Tour First - La Defense - Inauguration 6 mai 2011.jpg
Former names Tour AXA
Tour UAP
Tour Assur
General information
Status Complete
Type Commercial offices
Architectural style Modernism
Location 1 Place des Saisons
La Défense, Courbevoie, France
Coordinates 48°53′20″N 2°15′06″E / 48.8889°N 2.2517°E / 48.8889; 2.2517Coordinates: 48°53′20″N 2°15′06″E / 48.8889°N 2.2517°E / 48.8889; 2.2517
Completed 1974
Renovated 2007 –2011
Owner Beacon Capital Partners
Antenna spire 231 m (758 ft)
Roof 225 m (738 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 52
Floor area 86,707 m2 (933,310 sq ft)
Lifts/elevators 28
Design and construction
Architect Michel Stenzel
Pierre Dufau
Jean-Pierre Dacbert
Engineer Iosis Bâtiments
Main contractor GFC + Bouygues
Renovating team
Architect Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
SRA Architects

Tour First (previously known as Tour UAP between 1974–1998, and as Tour AXA between 1998–2007) is an office skyscraper in Courbevoie, in La Défense, the business district of the Paris metropolitan area.

The tower was built in 1974 by Bouygues for the UAP insurance company. The building was 159 m (522 ft) at that time. Its ground shape was in the form of a three-pointed star whose branches were separated each by a 120° angle. This particular shape was chosen to symbolize the merger of the three French insurance companies that were at the origin of UAP. The tower was renamed Tour AXA when UAP was bought by the AXA insurance company in 1996.

Large-scale renovation of the tower began in 2007 and was completed in 2011. The exterior appearance of the building was completely changed, with extra height added to the tower. The renovated tower, now known as Tour First, is 225 m (738 ft) at roof height, and 231 m (758 ft) including its spire, with a total floor space of 86,707 m2 (933,310 sq ft). It is currently the tallest skyscraper in France, only surpassed in height by the Eiffel Tower.

Another AXA tower exists in New York City, USA, which is 228.6 m (751 ft) tall; Tour AXA in Montreal, Quebec, Canada was completed in 1974 and is 104 m (341 ft).

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