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A rendering of Tour Triangle.
The Paris city council has approved plans to construct its tallest skyscraper in 42 years: Herzog & de Meuron’s Tour Triangle. The controversial triangle-shaped glass building was rejected by the council last November, but the decision was overturned by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, who declared the vote invalid and affected by party infighting, the www.architecturaldigest.com blog reports.
The 42-story tower will top out at 590 feet, well below the 1,062-foot Eiffel Tower. The last skyscraper built in the city, the 231-meter-tall Tour Montparnasse, was completed in 1973 and is still disputed. The Tour Triangle isn’t the only tower in the works, though; the Palais de Justice by Renzo Piano a proposed 525-foot-tall courthouse, is set to be completed in 2017.
Plans for the building were first unveiled in 2008.
Because the building is shaped like a triangle, it will cast fewer shadows on nearby residential buildings, according to the Herzog & de Meuron site. Also, the firm says say Tower’s impact on the environment is limited by its “simple, compact volume.”
The $552 million tower, to be built in the 15th arrondissement, will include a 120-room four-star hotel, a panoramic restaurant, public cultural spaces, a health center and 752,397 square feet of office space.
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