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Herzog & de Meuron's Towering Triangular Skyscraper Receives Green Light for Construction in Paris

by , 04/09/11

projet triangle, herzog and de meuron, sustainable skyscraper, paris skyscraper, green building, solar power, wind power, alternative energy Herzog & de Meuron are the architects responsible for many well-know projects, like the Portsmouth Soccer Stadium in England, Beijing’s Birdnest Stadium, and the de Young Museum in San Francisco. Their latest project is expected to restore flow to it’s environs by reconnecting the rue de Vaugirard and avenue Ernest Renan at the site of the building. This first of many high-rise buildings currently being planned for Paris, Projet Triangle will incorporate shops and restaurants at the ground level in addition to offices, a conference center and a 400 room hotel. Upon completion in 2014, the project will be the third tallest structure in the inner city after the Eiffel Tower and Tour Montparnasse. The pyramid’s construction may be a point of contention for many Parisians, as polls have found that 62% do not favor high rises within the city, however Herzon & de Meuron are confident that their new project will integrate into the Parisian landscape perfectly:

“The Triangle is conceived as a piece of the city that could be pivoted and positioned vertically. It is carved by a network of vertical and horizontal traffic flows of variable capacities and speeds. Like the boulevards, streets and more intimate passages of a city, these traffic flows carve the construction into islets of varying shapes and sizes. This evocation of the urban fabric of Paris, at once classic and coherent in its entirety and varied and intriguing in its details, is encountered in the façade of the Triangle. Like that of a classical building, this one features two levels of interpretation: an easily recognizable overall form and a fine, crystalline silhouette of its façade which allows it to be perceived variously.”

We’re hoping that it will compete against the Generali Tower in La Defense for the best sustainably-designed high-rise in Paris. Via Dezeen

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  1. lazyreader April 6, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Other than Paris, Mexico City is pretty flat. This building goes beyond what’s imagined possible and yes, it never looks the way it does in drawings and concept. I don’t think the skyscraper is dead, just wounded. Most buildings may never be more than ten or twenty stories; nothing wrong with that. My hometown of Baltimore has highrises, some of them very beautiful. We have a few disgraces like Legg Mason and the ones on Light Street, but we have a true beauty at just 27 stories. And theirs tons of stuff at less than 15 stories worthy of refurbishment.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:2008_05_07_-_Baltimore_-_Baltimore_St_approaching_N_Charles_St_3.JPG

    Their will be future highrises in New York or Dubai or Chicago. People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw……………parties. To ensure privacy, the windows will have to be glazed or tinted which will turn the building into a less transparent mirror finish. So your stuck with a reflective pyramid……..essentially like the Luxor in Vegas.

  2. gus March 13, 2009 at 10:29 am

    by allowing skyscrapers to be built, land prices will rise, old low-rise buildings will be demolished to build new taller and more profitable buildings. Paris is one of the few ‘flat’ mega-cities that still exist on this planet, i hope it’ll stay like that. like the majority of the Parisians, i support the ban.
    unless this skyscraper can be rotated, can anyone explain how does it cast virtually no shadow?
    i am a big fan of H&DM but i can’t find any meaning in the architects’ comment included in this article.

  3. rob in chicago October 27, 2008 at 11:31 am

    Sad x 3. First, the skyscraper is a dead model, as the permanent energy crisis arrives. Second, completed buildngs never look as \’ethereal\’ as the slick renderings would suggest. Third, it\’s Paris. Why gunk-up the skyline?

  4. betto October 22, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    manifestación de brillante creatividad en una ciudad que parecía no tener posiblidades de propuestas en esta escala en su área histórica

  5. dweep October 10, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    wow I’d feel naked in such a transparent building. and it looks like king solomon’s glass palace.

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