The new points of reference



THE CODES

 

Simply finding where you are and where you’re going

 

No more numbers, we’re back to names. This is one of the main changes brought about in the new signage system, as it relies on names that are already clearly identifiable (places, car parks), such as ‘Reflets’ or ‘Coupole’. Instructions for these new tools.

 

FIRST APPROACH

New displays, new logic

When you arrive at La Défense, first of all use the general map to find in which sector/district your destination is.
Then, let the new signage tools guide you. Various masts, maps of the different sectors and more global maps will be the new points of reference that will help you navigate the site simply and easily. Tall and more visible, they will clearly display localisation and navigation. Thanks to the colour-coded information, it will be possible to know immediately in which sector you are currently located.
The names of the districts will be indicated between brackets. Do bear in mind that to help you find your way around the ‘new’ addresses, we will shortly introduce a converter on the site that’s available to use.
The numbers of the new signage system: 320 masts (or 1,700 arrows), 50 general maps (as many sector and district maps).

 

FOR CAR DRIVERS

We’re back to normal, with a more practical navigation system
 

The numbering is abandoned in favour of navigation by car park; the districts are signposted starting from the ring road, which remains the best route for road traffic in La Défense.
Our advice is: if you don’t know your destination, aim for the central car park.
Do bear in mind that the specific indications for deliveries and taxis have been removed, as access is now via the usual numbered public roads.
In terms of numbers, 22,900 public parking places are available in the business district..

 

GENERAL MAP

 

A map that closely represents the urban realities and logistics on the ground

 
It all started with a historic East/West sense of direction that slowly seeped into the public consciousness in the Paris and Ile-de-France region; it was marked out by the two public transport stations. Later on, emerged the need to add a North/South axis (along the lines of already established landmarks and the urban structure of the site) and to thus create 4 sectors, in order to make the districts more memorable and comprehensive. Finally, it became necessary for both drivers and pedestrians to move from a largely theoretical and abstract signage system towards simple points of reference, ie, the various districts, to work and live.
 
 
 
 
 

4 SECTORS

 

The ring road delineates the access to the various districts (via its car parks) for car drivers.

Introduced mainly for pedestrians, the level of provisional tracking of the ‘sector’ relies on the East/West axis of La Défense. The four sectors (just as many as there are cardinal points), were allocated names that echoed the urban structure and the major landmarks on the site.
 
 
 
 
 

14 DISTRICTS

 

Back to the preferred names.


No more numbers,  we’re back to names. Spread across the 4 sectors, the 14 districts of La Défense are named after geographical and historical landmarks: ‘Reflets’, ‘Coupole-Regnault’.
On the pedestrian and road signage, they are always indicated in lower case and between brackets («district»).
 
ARCHE NORD sector, 2 districts :
 


ARCHE SUD sector, 3 districts :

         
Download the Valmy map                                     Download the Degrés map                                    Download the Boieldieu map

ESPLANADE NORD sector, 6 disctricts :

         
Download the Vosges map                                    Downlaod the Alsace map                                     Download the Saisons map

         
Download the Corolles map                                  Download the Reflets map                                    Download the Iris map

Secteur ESPLANADE SUD, 3 quartiers :

         
Download the Villon map                                     Download the Michelet map                                  Download the Bellini map