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First Parisian skyscraper in 40 years gets the go ahead

The first skyscraper in Paris for nearly 40 years is set to be built; the city council has approved plans from Herzog & de Meuron for a 180-metre-tall "Triangle Tower" -or "Tour Triangle" after initially rejecting the proposal last year. Original plans for the project were unveiled in 2008, and proved controversial with politicians and citizens, triggering a heated debate on whether Paris should preserve its 19th-century skyline or move ahead with new high profile buildings. 

The Swiss architects claim the tower’s glass facade will "disappear" into the skyline and opinion on the merits of the building remain polarised.

The tower will become the third tallest structure in the French capital, after Paris 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 metres of office space. Modifications to the scheme also include 2,240 square metres 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 Tour Montparnasse in 1973. The unloved building has consequently made Parisians wary of the threat that such high-rises pose in permanently damaging the look and feel of the existing, predominately low-rise metropolis.

 

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