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November 17, 2014

Paris city council rejects Triangle skyscraper project

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Paris city council has reportedly turned down plans to construct the city’s first skyscraper in the shape of a giant glass pyramid, dubbed Triangle Tower, which was planned to be built in the city’s south-west Porte de Versailles area.

The rejection follows heated debate over the 590ft Triangle Tower, concerning whether Paris should maintain its low-slung 19th century skyline or follow cities such as London that build skyscrapers in historic regions.

Votes were recorded as 83 councillors against and 78 in favour of the £400m Triangle Tower project by Unibail-Rodamco, which was scheduled for completion by 2018.

"The law has not been respected because Paris councillors deliberately showed their ballots before voting." 

However, Paris’s Mayor Anne Hidalgo considers the council vote as invalid and intends to seek a court ruling for approval.

The Telegraph reported Mayor Hidalgo as saying: "The law has not been respected because Paris councillors deliberately showed their ballots before voting."

Designed by Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron, the project would have comprised 85,000m2 of office space, which would turn it into the biggest office projects in Paris.

The 42-storey, pyramid-like structure would have been the third tallest building in the city limits following the 324m Eiffel tower and the 209m Montparnasse tower.

Similar to classical buildings, the new tower was designed to feature two levels of interpretation, including an easily identifiable overall form and the fine, crystalline outline of its façade.

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