Plafotherm® Heated and Chilled Ceiling for La Grande Arche

Lindner France was awarded the ceilings package for the renovation of La Grande Arche under the general contractor French company Eiffage. 17,000 m² of heated / chilled ceilings were designed, manufactured, shipped and installed.

Due to the location-related access restrictions for heavy trucks and the limited storage space on site, logistics for this large-scale project were challenging.

The building is situated at one end of Axe Historique, which extends from the Musée du Louvre to the business district of La Défense in Puteaux. The 110 metre high, “new triumphal arch” was opened in 1989 for the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution, and is a popular destination for visitors who want to enjoy the view over Paris from an observation platform. The 19-meter-thick north and south sides of the building contain office space on 35 floors, partly used by the French Ministry of the Environment.

A Plafotherm® LMD-B 100 SD Post Cap ceiling with longitudinal sound reduction was selected for the interior fit-out. This system combines effective heating and cooling with strong acoustic properties. In contrast to air-conditioning systems, Plafotherm® ceilings rely on pleasant thermal radiation and natural convection. Water-conducted surface temperature regulation provides targeted cooling with individual control while requiring a minimum input of resources.

Additionally, this ceiling solution for La Grande Arche achieves longitudinal sound reduction of 45 dB. Despite a suspension height of only 110 mm, all other desired functions of the metal ceiling were also successfully realized, e. g. the comfortable access to the ceiling cavity via Swing-Down ceiling panels.

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