Le Monde Headquarters, Paris

Le Monde Headquarters, Paris


The Norwegian firm Snøhetta – headed by Craig Dykers and Kjetil Traedal Thorsen – in collaboration with the French office SRA designed new headquarters for the Le Monde Group in Paris. The 23,000-square-meter building brings the media company’s 1,600 employees under a single roof.

The project was structured in two parts: the arched office building over a train station, the Gare d’Austerlitz, which addresses the conditions of the place with a steel bridge frame, the result of a geometric process of subtracting volumes; and the space formed under the construction, turned into a public square.

The building’s image, homogeneous from afar but more complex as one gets closer, was obtained by means of a matrix of glass pieces with different degrees of transparency. The outer skin is made of 20,000 pieces of glass, organized in a strict pattern, that give the construction an ever changing appearance, depending on lighting conditions.

Finally, the upper level leads to a terrace where good views can be had of the surrounding urban landscape and the river Seine.

Cliente/ Propietario Client/Owner
Le Monde Group

Cliente/ Asistente del propietario Client/Owner assistant
Redman IDF

Concurso Competition 

Tamaño Size
22 933 m²

Certificación Certification
BREEAM Excellent, Etiquette COV A+

Arquitectos principales Main architects

Paisajismo Landscape architecture

Arquitectura de interiores Interior architecture

Arquitectos locales Local architects
SRA Architectes

Coordinador de proyecto en el sitio de construcción Project coordinator building site

Oficina supervisora Supervising office

Consultores Consultants
Bohlinger & Grohman (ingeniería para el concurso engineering for competition),  Khephren Ingeniérie (estructuras structure), Green Affair (medio ambiente environment), CSD-Faces (incendios fire), Barbanel (calefacción, ventilación, aire acondicionado HVAC), Arcora (fachada facade), LASA (acústica acoustics), Conceptions Nouvelles (cocinas kitchen), Gleeds (finanzas finance)

Principales constructoras
Eiffage construction + Goyer (estructura y fachada structures and facade), Glauser + AAB (fachada del arco arch façade), Vallée (tabiques, enlucidos, pintura partitions, plastering, painting)

Fotografía Photographs
Stephen P Citrone, Jared Chulski, Salem Mostefaoui