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SOM designs 180m-tall tower plus garden bridge in Paris

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SOM has unveiled designs for an 180m-tall tower and a garden bridge on the outskirts of Paris

The international practice, which has a European office in London, is part of the Bouygues-led team chosen to develop the Charenton-Bercy scheme on the eastern edge of the French capital.

The SOM-led masterplan for the site – displayed for the first time at the MIPIM property fair in Cannes this week – proposes a skyscraper with a hotel at its base, residential floors above and a public garden on the roof.

Plans also include a timber-framed, circular building as home to a community of virtual-reality, augmented-reality, computer-generated image, animation and video game developers. This will be raised on two sides to create a courtyard and a public thoroughfare to the Seine.

A landscaped ‘garden bridge’ crossing active railway tracks would connect the Bois de Vincennes to the River Seine.

The scheme will include 1,000 homes, 167,000m2 of workspace for about 100 companies, a hypermarket, an aquatic centre, a primary school and private outdoor space.

Paris-based Ateliers 2/3/4/ is supporting as local masterplanner and landscape architect.

SOM London director Daniel Ringelstein said: ‘In scripting the overall masterplan, we saw our role as bringing a fresh perspective from an international point of view, refined in close collaboration with our local team to ensure a sensitive integration within the existing community.’

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