A 180-meter pyramid is being built in Paris: The steel and glass building will be the third tallest building after the Eiffel Tower and the Montparnasse skyscraper. Ecologists and local historians are protesting against the construction.
The Tour Triangle skyscraper, designed by the Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron, will appear in the 15th arrondissement of Paris. The 42-storey tower will be the first high-rise building in the French capital built in the last 50 years. The La Defense quarter does not count, as it is located outside the city limits.
The Parisians are indignant: a futuristic office building will destroy the historical atmosphere, but there is no need for it – there are plenty of offices in the city. Ecologists call the skyscraper a “catastrophe”, as its construction and operation will leave a colossal carbon footprint. The developer claims that the building is environmentally friendly, and in addition to offices, it will also have a kindergarten, a hotel, and shops. The construction is planned to be completed in 2026.
In France, this is not the first time people have protested against the new high-rise buildings. Suffice it to recall the angry protests against the Eiffel Tower in 1889: it was called the “Shame of Paris”, and among the protesters were, for example, Emile Zola and Alexandre Dumas Jr.
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