All images courtesy of Tour Traingle / Herzog & De Meuron
The first skyscraper in Paris for nearly 40 years is set to be built, after the city finally approved Herzog & De Meuron’s much-discussed ‘Triangle Tower’. Original plans for the project were unveiled in 2008, and had proved controversial with politicians and citizens alike. Coinciding with the announcement, further images of the scheme have been revealed – under its new name of ‘Triangle 2’.
Standing at a height of 180 meters, the tower will become the third tallest structure in the French capital, after Paris recently raised the height limit for new buildings. The scheme will house a 120 room hotel, a fine-dining restaurant, a bar and 70,000 square meters of office space. Modifications to the scheme also include 2,240 square meters of co-working space, a daycare facility for up to 60 children and other community facilities at the building’s lower levels.
The last skyscraper to be built in the French capital was the 59-storey Montparnasse Tower in 1973. The structure remains today an alien addition to the city’s relatively horizontal landscape. The unloved edifice has consequently made Parisians wary of the threat that such high-rises pose in permanently damaging the look and feel of the existing metropolis.
Plans for the Triangle Tower had initially been rejected by local authorities in november 2014, before Paris’ mayor Anne Hidalgo deemed that the vote was invalid.