Tours Société Générale

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Tours Société Générale
(Alicante and Chassagne)
Société Générale twin towers
General information
LocationLa Défense
Coordinates48°53′31″N 2°13′50″E / 48.89194°N 2.23056°E / 48.89194; 2.23056Coordinates: 48°53′31″N 2°13′50″E / 48.89194°N 2.23056°E / 48.89194; 2.23056
Antenna spire167 m (548 ft)
Roof167 m (548 ft)
Technical details
Floor count37
Floor area125,000 m2 (1,350,000 sq ft)
Design and construction
ArchitectMichel Andrault, Pierre Parat, Nicolas Ayoub

Société Générale Twin Towers are two office skyscrapers located in La Défense, a high-rise business district, and in Nanterre, France, west of Paris. Their exterior designs are identical.

The towers were built and opened in 1995 to become the head office of the Société Générale, one of France's largest banking groups.[1] Before the twin towers were constructed, Société Générale's headquarters were located in Paris.[2]

The roof and structural height of both towers is at 167 m (548 ft) above ground. The towers were the tallest skyscrapers built in La Défense since the Tour Total in 1985. The northern tower is named tour Alicante and the southern one tour Chassagne. In its interior design, Chassagne is decorated with white stone from the village of Chassagne in Auvergne, whereas Alicante is decorated with red marble from Alicante in Spain. Both towers share the same platform and stand about 40 m (130 ft) apart. The roofs of the towers are sharply inclined.

Despite the large office space available in the current twin towers, Société Générale needed yet more space and so it launched the construction of a third skyscraper, the 183 m (600 ft) tall Tour Granite, which stands immediately behind the twin towers and was opened in 2008.

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  1. ^ "Société Générale : deux tours à la Défense." Le Journal du Net. Retrieved on 7 July 2010.
  2. ^ Iskandar, Samer. "The lower you go the higher you become." Financial News Online. 26 April 2004. Retrieved on 24 September 2009.

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