Herzog & de Meuron’s Tour Triangle will become the first skyscraper to rise on the Paris skyline in over 40 years. The controversial project was approved by the city last night, after having previously been halted by the same committee. The triangular tower will be home to a 120-room five-star hotel and a co-working space for creative and tech start-up companies and will create around 10,000 jobs in total for the French capital.
Back in November, the Paris city council voted to reject the proposal. This week’s vote overturns that decision, which had been criticized as invalid after some conservative councilmembers disclosed how they voted. The new vote was conducted in private to prevent that from happening again, and some members must have changed their minds about the project, given the change in outcome.
The triangular skyscraper is planned to rise 180 meters (590 feet) into the Paris sky. Once built, Tour Triangle will be the city’s third tallest building, behind the 324-meter (1062 feet) Eiffel Tower and the 209-meter (686 feet) Montparnasse Tower. Tour Triangle will also make history as the first skyscraper to be built in Paris since 1973, when Montparnasse Tower debuted.
The tower is intended to be a green building, designed to perform 40 percent than 2012 standards set by the French government. The project is expected to employ 5,000 people during construction and another 5,000 upon its completion.
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