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Tour Areva (Tour Framatome, Tour Fiat), Paris, France

January 4th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

Tour Areva (previously known as Tour Framatome and Tour Fiat) is an office skyscraper located in La Défense, the high-rise business district situated west of Paris, France.

Built in 1974, the tower is 184 m (604 feet) tall. It is the second-tallest skyscraper in La Défense and the third-tallest skyscraper in Île-de-France.

Tour Areva is entirely black; its cladding is made of dark granite and darkened window. Its shape is that of a perfect square prism. It is said that its architects were inspired by the black monolith in Stanley Kubrick's movie "2001: A Space Odyssey".

The site where the tower was built was codenamed CB1 in La Défense initial master plan. A twin tower of Tour Areva was initially planned at the current location of the Tour Total, but was cancelled due to the oil shock of 1974.

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