The glass pyramid that will revolutionize Paris

The pyramidal tower by Herzog & de Meuron, scheduled to be completed after many interruptions in 2026, is going to the Paris skyline as we know it.

The 42-story glass Tour Triangle, designed by Herzog & de Meuron to include offices, a luxury hotel and retail space, should rise near fairground Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, an exhibition center built in 1923 in the 15th arrondissement.

Even though the building barely surpasses 600 feet, that height is still tall for Paris, where locals argue that the building belongs to La Défense, the business district located outside of city borders which hosts all of Paris skyscrapers.

Also environmental groups strongly slammed the project as an “ecological aberration”. Furthermore, advocacy organization SOS Paris notes that the tower’s construction will require up to four times more steel and concrete than a typical building and that its irregular shape will need additional energy consumption.

In any case, Tour Triangle – compared to “a big piece of brie”, among other things – probably won’t see the light soon. Philippe Goujoin, mayor of the 15th arrondissement aims to postpone its construction, because the project, he says, doesn't meet anymore the need of companies after the emergence during Covid-19 and the introduction of remote working .

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