Paris Approves The First Tower In 46 Years

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The skyscraper “Tour Triangle” will come up in Porte de Versailles, which is a neighborhood in the 15th arrondissement of Paris. The architects Pierre de Meuron and Jacques Herzog designed the 41-story tower. The Paris administrative court has approved the first tower in the city since Montparnasse. However, the journey has not been easy for the Tour Triangle. The triangular tower was unveiled by the architects in 2008 and was met with criticism from the Parisians. The politicians, especially, alleged the design of it would not be sustainable.

The ambitious tower project was rejected in the year 2014, but following some modifications, it was later approved by the Paris City Council in 2015. It was again pushed back after some neighborhood associations moved to retract that approval.

Since the Montparnasse Tower’s construction, no edifice has been built right in the heart of Paris. Most buildings have been concentrated in La Defense.

The tower constructions abide by an amendment in planning law, which allows for the construction of new properties above 37 meters, a rule which had been put into place for four decades.

The change to the restriction in 2011 permitted the construction of office blocks that measure up to 180 meters and residential towers up to 50 meters. The 180-meter-high tower will have a four-star hotel inside, in addition to cultural facilities and a co-working office space.

Herzog & de Meuron is a Switzerland-based company known for projects namely Parrish Art Museum in New York and the Beijing Olympic stadium. Herzog & de Meuron said the Tour Triangle tower will restore Paris’s historical axis, which is formed by the Avenue Ernest Renan and Rue de Vaugirard.

Herzog & de Meuron stated, “It will not only be a landmark from which the urban panorama can be experienced, but also an outstanding silhouette in the system of axes and monuments of the city.”

The construction of the tower is expected to start later this year. During construction, around 5,000 people will be recruited and a further 5,000 workers are expected to occupy the structure.

Once constructed, it will become Paris’s third tallest building. At the number one spot in the list of tallest buildings in the 324-meter-high Eiffel Tower, a must-visit spot for those on Paris tours, and a second in the 209-meter-high Montparnasse Tower. The latter is the last over-100-meters-tall building to be constructed in the City of Lights.