AXA IM Alts has completed redevelopment of an office property, Freedom, a 16,600 sqm Grade-A office building located at 15-25 Boulevard de l’Armiral Bruix in Paris’ 16th arrondissement.
The 1960’s office building is renowned for its large curved marble façade, which has been redeveloped while retaining the building’s original character and includes energy-producing glass walls.
The internal area has been completely redesigned, delivering 16,600 sqm across nine floors aimed at facilitating employee interaction and maximising access to light. Features include an auditorium, boardroom, open plan collaboration areas, two areas dedicated to catering and a panoramic gallery overlooking the gardens. The building offers spectacular views of Paris, the woodlands of Le Bois de Boulogne and the skyline of La Défense.
“The delivery of Freedom is a signficant milestone. The attractive combination of its elegant exterior, peaceful working environment and performance in terms of sustainability make it a best-practice building in Paris and with its carefully curated mix of indoor and outdoor space it is fully aligned to the office of the future. The development projects led by AXA IM Alts are delivered with sustainability considerations and certifications at their heart, which, combined with a high level of ergonomics and services, are a mark of guarantee for environmental performance and long-term economic value, for both investors and users,” said Germain Aunidas, Head of European Development at AXA IM Alts.
Among the few examples of naturalised architecture in Paris, the southern façade of the building includes 1,500 sqm of terrace space and decorative balconies. Freedom also offers access to 2,000 sqm of gardens accessible from the hall and the catering areas. A long-term lease has already been secured with Murex, the leading technology solution provider for capital markets.
Located between La Defense and L’Etoile, in the Porte Maillot district, which is a major gateway into Paris, Freedom benefits from excellent transport links, with accessibility set to further improve as a result of the infrastructure upgrades delivered by the Grand Paris project.
The project was designed by architects at PCA-STREAM, with Leon Grosse responsible for the refurbishment phase, under the management of VINCI Immobilier.
“Our collaboration with AXA IM Alts and VINCI Immobilier at the very early stage of the project enabled us to open the building’s foundations onto the city, and provide the building with a glass gallery which offers rare views with omnipresent natural light. The building creates a green haven from the gardens to the roofs, and fully contributes to enhancing the local ecosystem,” sai Philippe Chiambaretta, Architect, founder of PCA-STREAM.