The new headquarters of the French daily newspaper Le Monde officially opened in December 2020. The building provides Paris with a new architectural highlight. Steel from Dillinger plays a key supporting role in the structure. The steel structure of this extraordinary project near the Paris Austerlitz railway station contains 1,000 tonnes of Dillinger heavy plate. Both Dillinger and its subsidiary Dillinger France produced the plate used in this new building.
The city’s development plan originally called for construction of two buildings because the site consists of three enormous slabs covering the railway tracks and the middle slab is not suitable for construction. To circumvent these building restrictions, the architects decided to use a bridge like structure to span the property not suited for construction. The result is a true architectural masterpiece: a steel structure similar to a pedestrian bridge, onto which metal and concrete floors are suspended.
The glass-enclosed bridge in the center of the 7-storey building is 137 meters long and 37 meters high and combines nature with technology, with green spaces as well as LED lights distributed over the entire area, like stars moving in the sky. The façade of the building is covered with a matrix of glass pixels that create various effects, sometimes transparent, sometimes opaque. The roof is equipped with photovoltaic modules and a rainwater collection system.
The building is not the only structure in Paris that contains a bit of Saarland: Steel from Dillinger has also been used in recent years for the elegant Simone de Beauvoir pedestrian bridge and the spectacular Fondation Louis Vuitton museum.