herzog & de meuron's triangle tower may still rise above paris
 
herzog & de meuron's triangle tower may still rise above paris
nov 20, 2014

herzog & de meuron's triangle tower may still rise above paris

herzog & de meuron’s triangle tower may still rise above paris
image © herzog & de meuron
all images courtesy of tour triangle

 

 

 

despite being rejected by paris’ city council earlier this week, herzog & de meuron‘s 180 meter-tall triangle tower could still be built, after mayor anne hidalgo declared the original vote invalid. a petition in support of the project has also been made available online, backed by renowned names such as renzo piano and dominique perrault.

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image © herzog & de meuron

 

 

 

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.

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image © herzog & de meuron

 

 

 

the ballot came close to extinguishing the building’s hopes of realization, marginally losing out with 78 votes to 83. however, according to the new york times, as the vote came to an end, the winners made the mistake of brandishing their ‘no’ ballots, making public what was supposed to be a private poll — and giving mayor hidalgo an opening to bring the matter to court.

herzog de meuron tour triangle tower paris designboom
image © herzog & de meuron

herzog de meuron tour triangle tower paris designboom
image © herzog & de meuron

herzog de meuron tour triangle tower paris designboom
image © herzog & de meuron

herzog de meuron tour triangle tower paris designboom
image © herzog & de meuron

herzog de meuron tour triangle tower paris designboom
image © herzog & de meuron

  • Tower of Babel reincarnated?

    nelsondreyes architect says:
  • Yup.

    Ron Smith says:
  • Paris does not need this project. Funny enough the only horrendous skyscraper in Paris “La tour Montparnasse” is nowhere to be seen in the renders, this is more or less an equivalent proposal, and does it have anything special besides the names of the architects? Take the names away and you will se a horrendous window triangle fucking up the Parisian landscape view again, just like la tour Montparnasse.

    Arturo el Duro says:
  • Ron, it feels that you don’t live in Paris. Or not for a long time. Yes Paris deadly need this project. And several more. We live in the 19th century urban environment designed for horse cars. As architects it’s a daily struggle to sustain our will to not live the city, to no live the country, to still feel there is something to be done there, to answer our contemporary wishes, needs, aesthetics… A french idiom says “ne tirez pas sur l’ambulance” (don’t shoot at the ambulance) meaning in a way that whatever the help, as little it can be, it’s always preferable to not compromise it. So please, be supportive even if it s not the best project ever, your favorite firm… And rest assured Paris will always be Paris, the Seine river will always flow under the stone bridges, and the Eiffel tower will always be blinking for new year’s eves.

    FREAKS says:
  • Sorry Ron, it actually was an answer to Arturo… 🙂

    FREAKS says:
  • Ah oui, Paris needs to be like it will always be : FOREVER stuck in the late 1800’s. The 21st century is a long way from this city …

    james says:

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