completed in 1973, the 59-storey tour montparnasse was the last skyscraper to be built in paris. today, the structure remains an alien addition to the city’s relatively horizontal landscape. for decades, the unloved edifice has made parisians wary of the threat that such high-rises pose in permanently damaging the look and feel of the existing metropolis. now, elected representatives have selected seven architecture firms to redesign the landmark building. the practices are listed in alphabetical order below:

 

architecture studio, france
dominique perrault architecture, france
MAD architects, china (in partnership with DGLA)
nAOM (franklin azzi architecture / chartier dalix / hardel-lebihan architectes), france
OMA, netherlands
PLP architecture, united kingdom
studio gang, united states

 

the firms were selected by the ensemble immobilier tour maine-montparnasse (EITMM), and will now compete for the second stage of the tender. the brief calls for designs that are ‘capable of giving a powerful, innovative, dynamic and ambitious new identity to the famous parisian landmark, whilst integrating the challenges of usage, comfort and energy performance to the highest levels’.

 

estimated to cost over €300 million ($330M USD), the candidates will submit their proposals for the scheme in march 2017. a third stage will challenge the last two finalists before the winner is announced the following july 2017. construction work is due to start in 2019, and be delivered over the course of 2023. the project forms part of demain montparnasse, a flagship project, which will not only renovate the tower, but also restore its surroundings as a modern and accessible urban center.

 

image by cha già josé /licensed by CC BY-SA 2.0

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