jeudi 21 janvier 2016

75015 #TourTriangle : Will 'monster' tower destroy the romance of Paris?

While the skyline of London surges upward on a tide of new and startling towers, its eternal rival in Paris has taken the opposite approach.

After the deeply unpopular Tour Montparnasse was built in 1973, skyscrapers were effectively prohibited by a 36-meter height limit for new buildings in the city.
The limit was designed to preserve Paris' unique aesthetic, forged by Baron Haussmann's 19th century renovation, which created its iconic boulevards, public gardens, and housing blocks ringed with balconies.

But in 2010 the height restrictions were lifted, and the serenity could now be shattered by a 180-meter glass triangle in the South-West of the city. 

Called 'Tour Triangle,' the $555 million project from Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron -- backed by Europe's largest property group Unibail Rodamco -- represents a radical and controversial departure from Parisian traditions.

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