Parisian city council officials have voted against Herzog & de Mueron’s Tour Triangle – a proposed triangular skyscraper that would be the French capital’s third largest structure. City councils deemed the 180 meter tower too modern for the Parisian skyline, but the city’s Mayor Anne Hidalgo says that the fight is not over and is urging a second vote. Tour Triangle, which was first proposed in 2008, would create 3,000 jobs as well as 85,000 square meters of office space spread vertically.
Herzog & de Meuron’s Tour Triangle was designed to give Paris a modern update, without being too obtrusive on the historic skyline. The glass tower was shaped to taper at the top, with a slim profile that would cast a very minimal shadow on the landscape below. The high rise would also embrace modern sustainable design, which would include solar and wind power to offset power from the grid.
First given the green light in 2011, Herzog & de Meuron thought their triangular skyscraper would be a shoe-in, as the design took influence from the famous Parisian boulevards, only flipped vertically to create a modern interpretation.
But as Mayor Hidalgo found, Paris’ city council members beg to differ. The mayor was outvoted by council members, with the voting results declaring 78 for the tower and 83 against. Despite this majority, Mayor Hidalgo has accused the council members of disclosing their votes, which would violate the terms of secret ballot. Hildago plans to challenge the matter in court, but the possibility of the Tour Triangle becoming a reality is looking grim.