The tower was built in 1974 by the UAP insurance company. The building is 159 m (522 ft) tall. Its ground shape is in the form of a three-pointed star whose branches are separated each by a 120° angle. This particular shape was chosen to symbolize the merger of the three French insurance companies which were at the origin of UAP. The tower was renamed Tour AXA when UAP was bought by the AXA insurance company in 1996.
Large-scale renovation of the tower began in 2007. The exterior appearance of the building will be completely changed, with extra height added to the tower. The renovated Tour AXA should be 225 m (738 ft) tall at roof height, and 240 m (787 ft) including its spire, with a total floor space of 86,707 m² (933,306 sq. ft) when renovation is completed. It will become the tallest skyscraper in France.