Paris will get first skyscraper since the 70s as a 180-metre-tall, glass-panelled triangular tower approved. The £430 million skyscraper has been designed by the Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron and will stand in the Porte de Versailles in the 15th arrondissement; it is scheduled for completion in 2018. Original plans for the project were unveiled in 2008, and had proved controversial with politicians and citizens alike. Coinciding with the announcement, further images of the scheme have been revealed – under its new name of ‘Triangle 2’.
Inside, the 42-story tower will house a 120-room, four star hotel, a restaurant, a Shard-esque Sky Bar, and 70,000 square metres of office space. Modifications to the scheme also include 2,240 square meters of co-working space, a daycare facility for up to 60 children and other community facilities at the building’s lower levels. The project will create 5,000 jobs during its construction and a further 5,000 jobs once built.
When finished it will be the fourth-tallest structure in the greater Paris region. The Eiffel Tower reaches 324 metres; outside the city limits, La Défense’s Tour First extends to 232 metres; and the Montparnasse Tower measures 209 metres.