Paris to get its tallest skyscraper in 40 years

The skyline of Paris is soon set to change forever as the city is to get its first modern skyscraper in over 40 years after the city councillors voted in favour of the Tour Triangle on Tuesday.

Designed by Basel, Switzerland-based architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron, who were also responsible for Beijing’s “Bird Nest” National Stadium for the 2008 Olympics, this building will become the third tallest structure in Paris measuring 180 metres high once completed in 2017.

Currently, the Eiffel Tower is Paris’s tallest and most iconic structure standing at 301 metres tall, followed by the Tour Montparnasse at 210 metres, which is argued as one of the ugliest skyscrapers, built in 1973. The Tour Triangle (Triangle Tower) will consist of 43 storeys, and house a 120 room hotel along with 70,000 square metres of office space. There will also be a panoramic sky bar and restaurant, as well as a public atrium and conference centre, health clinic and child care centre.

Located on the Porte de Versailles in the 15th arrondissement, alongside vast convention halls, the skyscraper will have a trapezoid base and look like a tall glass pyramid, but one side will look wider whilst the other will be narrow.

Unibail Rodamco, Europe’s largest listed property group is investing 500 million euro ($721 million) into this project.

This is the first time that a modern skyscraper has been built in Paris since 1973 after the Montparnasse Tower was built. However, not everyone has been behind this skyscraper. The Paris City Council first rejected its plans in November 2014 and only approved it once 25 per cent of the building was devoted to non office functions and public facilities.

Around the world, our major cities are crammed full of glitzy skyscrapers and something we are very familiar with in Sydney, but Paris has been deeply opposed to this, ever since the Eiffel Tower was built in 1889 for the Universal Exposition. Paris is well known for its beautiful and historic architecture and famous sights such as the Notre Dame and Arc de Triomphe, but many people feel a modern glass skyscraper this high will look out of place. Paris does have skyscrapers around, but these are mainly situated in the La Defense business district towards the west.

We will just have to wait until completion to see how well this new skyscraper will fit in.
Published on 3rd of July 2015 by Marty Stanowich
Marty Stanowich
Marty Stanowich

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