The tower is located in the heart of the district of La Défense, willed into existence in the 1960's by Général de Gaulle to show the world that France was entering into the modern world of finance and business. It's a curious above-ground urban mixture, an artificial island, veritable realm of “corporate architecture”.
For the concept and development, CONIX RDBM Architects put their heads together with Kristof Pycke, the art director at Kreon. The result is a surprising cross-pollination of lighting and architecture.
Once across the threshold of this school complex near Paris delivered by the architect Vincent Parreira, the child enters a non-standard world, one that evokes the troglodyte houses, vernacular architecture… or a pupil’s escape.