Tour Carpe Diem

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Height: Occupied
143 m / 469 ft
Height: To Tip
166 m / 545 ft
Height: Architectural
166 m / 545 ft
Tour Carpe Diem Outline
Height: Observatory
143 m / 469 ft
Floors Above Ground
Floors Below Ground
# of Elevators
Top Elevator Speed
6 m/s
Tower GFA
44,016 m² / 473,784 ft²
Development GFA
45,500 m² / 489,758 ft²
# of Parking Spaces


Official Name Tour Carpe Diem
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country France
City Courbevoie
Street Address & Map 31 Place des Corolles
Postal Code 92400
Building Function office
Structural Material concrete
Proposed 2007
Construction Start 2011
Completion 2013
Rankings Click arrows to view the next taller/shorter buildings
Regional Ranking #133 Tallest in Europe
National Ranking #14 Tallest in France
City Ranking #8 Tallest in Courbevoie

Companies Involved

Owner Aviva France; Credit Agricole
Developer Gerald D Hines Interests; L’Établissement Public d’Aménagement de la Défense Seine Arche
Design Robert A.M. Stern Architects
Architect of Record SRA architectes
Structural Engineer
Design Terrell Group
MEP Engineer
Design SNC Lavalin
Main Contractor Besix; SBX; SPIE Batignolles
Other Consultant
• Acoustics Lasa
• Code Socotec
• Cost GV Ingenierie
• Environmental Urbaconseil
• Geotechnical Cabinet Daniel Legrand
• Interiors Jean Jegou
• Landscape Mutabilis
• Lighting Philippe Almond
• Sustainability Atelier Ten; Cabinet Penicaud
Material Supplier
• Cladding Yuanda
• Concrete Lafarge Beton
• Formwork Doka GmbH
• Paint/Coating AkzoNobel
• Sealants Sika Services AG
• Steel Riva

About Tour Carpe Diem

Tour Carpe Diem sets La Défense on a fresh path to pedestrian-friendly urbanism by reconnecting the raised esplanade that continues the axis of the Champs-Elysées to the surrounding urban fabric of the town of Courbevoie to the north. A monumental stair descends from the building's winter garden and lobby to a public plaza on the Boulevard Circulaire, where a second front welcomes visitors at what was heretofore the back of the site.

Tour Carpe Diem's pure form and faceted facades allow the tower to stand out in a thicket of tall buildings in La Défense. The building's sleek glass facades are stretched tautly over distinctive sculptural crystalline massing generated by careful consideration of climate and context. Sweeping window walls are oriented to the best views, and narrow facades are turned to the setting sun to minimize solar gain in the office interiors. In addition, Tour Carpe Diem is the first to exceed France’s Haute Qualité Environnementale standards and also to achieve LEED-CS Platinum certification.

CTBUH Initiatives

Young Professionals Committee Holds Social Event at RAMSA
23 Jun 2015 – Event Report


The Space Between: Urban Spaces Surrounding Tall Buildings
18 Oct 2016 – James Parakh, City of Toronto Planning Department

Research Papers

The Space Between: Urban Spaces Surrounding Tall Buildings
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism

The Other Side of Tall Buildings: The Urban Habitat
Feb 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue I

The Special Nature of the European Skyscraper
Jun 2013 – CTBUH Journal, 2013 Issue II

CTBUH Awards

Urban Habitat Award 2015 Award of Excellence
CTBUH Awards 2015

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