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.’