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French Ministry of Defense



The new headquarters of the Ministry of Defense at the Balard site is designed as a natural system capable of operating autonomously 80% of the time. It is characterized by a facade that alternates between transparency and opacity, buildings on stilts arranged around courtyards, an expansive roof with sloped metal panels, and energy performance far exceeding the latest regulations. The Balard project brings together the headquarters – EMA, EMAT, EMM, EMAA – currently scattered across three separate locations into a single site.

Project data

Execution:  2012 – 2015
Architect: ANMA
Client: ISSOL sa
Site: Pl. Balard, 75015 Paris, France
Area: 163.000 m2
Total budget: 450.000.000 € Vat Excl.
Status: Delivered
Installed power: 670 kWc