Snøhetta’s Le Monde headquarters spans a rail yard with variegated glass

The first thing to notice about the new Le Monde headquarters in Paris’s 13th Arrondissement is what it does. Designed by Snøhetta, the building straddles a former rail yard along the Seine, not unlike the nearby Pont d’Austerlitz. In doing so, it hoists up enough office space for all the French news conglomerate’s 1,600 employees while creating a sheltered plaza at grade for pedestrians.

Facade Engineer
SnøhettaAssociate Architect:
SRA ArchitectsStructural Engineer
Khephren IngeniérieEnvironmental Consultant:
Green AffairLocation
ParisCompletion Date
December 2020

But the project is also notable for its variegated glass envelope, a paper-thin assembly that strikingly contrasts with the bulk of the concrete underbelly. The facade system comprises more than 20,000 glass elements, whose appearance changes throughout

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