Le Phare tower
Offices · Private apartments · Penthouses
Client: Construction company
9 office floors
WORK IN PROGRESS
The mixed-use tower (high-level residences and offices) consists of 17 floors above ground plus two underground levels. As a high-level building, it will be an integral and significant part of the new urban layout of the city. The adoption of the principles of urban and functional densification in the design phase is followed by the proposition of an architectural plan aimed at establishing itself in public memory with an incisive and representative architectural skyline. Based on a clear formal and architectural intention, the total volume requested is divided into several simpler elements, giving each one having a precise expressive and functional role. These simpler elements are, then, reassembled in a subtle balance of complex geometric and proportional relationships, with the aim of making the tower a unique entity. These simplest elements will perform as individual melodic lines within a complex musical composition. The position on the trapezoidal lot, the orientation towards the sun and, above all, the privileged view to the south and west over the ocean, are also important principles taken into account during the design phase. For the ground floor, which is clear and transparent, the functional program consists of two entrance lobbies for offices and residences, a cafeteria open to the city, as well as to the citizens, and some essential services. The two lobbies have clearly separate entrances from the street but can also be accessed from an internal door through a glass wall.
The roof plan, the seventeenth level, also belongs to the underlying attics, for the part between the vertical connecting cores and the main front, with exclusive services at the roof plan, such as the swimming pool, the fitness area, and the arrangement of large terraced spaces treated as outdoor living.
Certain formal and structural elements combine the various parts of the tower in a general sense of unity and architectural synthesis. Like the structural blades of the main and side fronts that from the ground, which develops for the entire height of the tower, these elements fold upwards to form the roof top and a significant and distinctive theme of the building.