Herzog & de Meuron's Paris Tower Approved

John Hill
1. July 2015
Image: Herzog & de Meuron

Eight months after rejecting it, Paris city councillors have voted in favor of the "Triangle Tower" proposed for the Porte de Versailles area, what would be the city’s first skyscraper since 1973.

As we reported in November 2014, the city council rejected the plans for the 42-story mixed-use tower with a hotel, office space and cultural center, but Mayor Anne Hidalgo promptly decried the vote as invalid and called for a second one. That vote took place yesterday, when the councillors approved by a vote of 87 in favor versus 47 opposed.

The €500million project, backed by Unibail Rodamco, will taper up to 180 meters, substantially less than the 300-meter-tall Eiffel Tower but much higher than the low-scale surroundings typical of Paris. Since the 210-meter-tall Montparnasse buildings was completed in 1973, towers in Paris have been restricted predominantly to the La Defense business district due to height restrictions put in place in response to the tower. Triangle Tower will be the first tower erected since those restrictions were eliminated in 2010.

With the go-ahead, the tower designed by the Swiss duo of Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron is set for a 2018 completion.

Image: Herzog & de Meuron

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