After the Eiffel Tower and the Montparnasse Tower, a skyscraper of 180 meters and pyramid will be born in Paris: the City Council Tuesday approved its construction, the first of its kind in over 40 years in the French capital.
The controversial project Triangle Tour, supported by the Socialist mayor Anne Hidalgo, which was rejected in November by the Paris meeting was finally adopted with some changes and thanks to the turnaround of several members of the right and center.
“This is the happy ending of a major project for Paris” Ms Hidalgo said that was pleased that the “taboo” of the height was lifted.
“I will not drive the policy of my counterpart in London, with more than 300 towers along the Thames,” she however assured.
Paris had restricted the height of new buildings 37 m after the controversy raised in 1973 by the erection of the Montparnasse Tower, which dominates a 210 meters horizontal cityscape – with the exception of the Eiffel Tower (301 meters) – inherited largely from the 19th century.
In October 2013, the UNESCO Assistant Director General for Culture Francesco Bandarin had also expressed a negative opinion on the towers of projects in Paris, “one of the few preserved horizontal cities” in the world.
In Paris, environmentalists, allies of the Socialists and the extreme left and the main body of the right, opposed the project, including lambasting a “High energy” project.
The Triangle Tour, which could draw its imposing silhouette early 2020, Porte de Versailles will be built at the southern edge of the city, is a private investment of € 500 million and the promise of 5,000 jobs, according to the mayor.
The project is part of the Grand Paris development project which aims to reduce disparities between the capital and its suburbs.
Designed by the firm of Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron, the tower of 42 floors must accommodate offices, a four-star hotel of 120 rooms, a restaurant and a “sky bar” accessible to all, 2,200 square meters of space “coworking” and a cultural facility of 540 m2.
Paris, contained in its narrow limits, lack of building land while its people are struggling to shelter. This shortage has already led the City to authorize the construction of residential buildings of 50 m and office towers of 180 m at its periphery.