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Meliá Hotel, La Défense, Paris

The hotel complex in the heart of Paris’s La Défense business district opened in February 2015. VINCI Construction came up with ingenious solutions to implement its design.

The Méliá Hotel’s smooth, glazed surface faces the historical Place de l’Etoile - Porte Maillot - La Défense Grande Arche axis. The Spanish Meliá Group designed the new four-star structure as its flagship hotel in France.

The “knife blade” shaped building plays on contrasting materials: glass on the southern esplanade-side facade and metallic shot-peened panels on the boulevard side. The fluid, curved southern facade ends in a prow with a tilted overhanging edge projecting towards Paris.

A hotel built on virtually invisible land

Built like a bridge spanning several tunnels, the design called for ingenious solutions on the part of VINCI Construction. Located on the spot where a ventilation plant for the A14 motorway previously stood, the 1,600 sq. metre land take is hemmed in by the circular boulevard, the La Défense esplanade and a car park exit. The building straddles two tunnels, a car park exit and a ventilation shaft like a bridge. It rests on special foundations built across the Défense 2 car park between the various tunnels.

The 25-level high-rise received a SIMI 2015 Grand Prize.

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