Diamonds and sleek metal ceilings bring City Lights in Paris alive

November 2017

Diamonds and sleek metals bring City Lights in Paris alive

The 1970s complex, ‘Tours du Pont de Sèvres’ in Paris is rejuvenated. The grand 80,000m2 project, consisted of three buildings accommodating state of the art office and living spaces. The new development, City lights – is a 21st century flagship building.
About the project:

Teams at BNP Paribas Real Estate and GE Capital Real Estate teamed up to rejuvenate the grand 1970s complex, ‘Tours du Pont de Sèvres’ in Paris. The extensive restructuring and extension project consisted of three buildings, a surface area of over 80,000 m2 and a space which needed to accommodate state of the art office and living spaces. The new development was to be called; City lights – a flagship, iconic building fit for the 21st century.

Citylights architectural design is the master work of architect Dominique Perrault, whom developed this extraordinarily modern project with highly glazed and original façades that resemble sparkling diamonds.

It was imperative that the interior design mirrored the modern, sleek look of the exterior building – therefore BurgessCEP were tasked with finding the right ceiling solution which not only looked the part but also performed to meet the buildings varied needs.

“The interior design project Citylights is based on a succession of spaces volumes and varied proportions. We have endeavored to magnify by boosting, and punctuating their sequences … and humanize through noble materials, but familiar.”
Didier Gomez , Interior Designer
The solution:

BurgessCEP worked closely with the installers and interior designers to ensure that they created the right ceiling solution which would delivered on aesthetics, acoustics and thermal requirements.

The ceiling system had to consider the technical performance requirements suitable for a modern office environment with service facilities including; restaurants, nursery, gym, conference centre and private parking.

The final solution consisted of 80,000m2 of Metal Ceiling Tiles in a variety of shapes and sizes and Mineral Fibre acoustic panels. The mixed designs of ceiling tiles delivered the sleek, modern look they were looking for whilst also meeting all the demanding technical requirements.

Our Lay-on metal ceiling tiles were integrated with bespoke aluminium extrusions to form the design, and were chosen due to their good thermal and acoustic parameters. They are fully demountable and fit into our fully-concealed suspension system, which is compatible with a wide range of modular luminaires and air diffuser grilles.

Our dB mineral fibre acoustic panels were used throughout the building in various sizes to enable them to be fitted into the back of the metal tiles. These high performance panels, combined with the ultra micro perforations in the metal tiles ensure that the acoustic requirements were met without compromising the design.

In all we provided a mix of over £1m worth of metal and mineral ceiling products and they were well received from all involved. Our ceiling systems also contributed to the building’s environmental accreditations, which achieved HQE ‘Exceptional’, BREEAM ‘Very Good’ and labelled BBC ‘low consumption building’.

“The items manufactured by Burgess CEP, gave full satisfaction to the building owner, the architect and to our company.” Philippe Vaissiere, CEO, DBS – Spie Batignolles

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