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The Herzog and de Meuron Triangle

Images of the 180 metre tall Unibail Tower at the Porte de Versailles in the City of Paris proper have been released and are sure to kick up a storm of controversy over the project.

It's been designed by Herzog & de Meuron for Unibail Rodamco who have dreamed up what is effectively the shape of an equilateral triangle.

Narrowing gently on its horizontal axis as it reaches the top of the building, the fašade also busily ripples in and out avoid a pure sense of geometry and adding a touch of the organic to it.

It is similar in a sense to the famous Marina Baie des Anges Residence of Villeneuve-Loubet on the French Riveria, a series of pyramidal apartment blocks although these plans are likely to have a more crystalline and less concrete feel to them.

With a base of almost 200 metres in length, the buildings long footprint will be exploited by with a range of retail outlets set to litter it and animate the ground level turning it into a bustling landmark.

Right now the scheme is more a concept than a firm proposal and is likely to change radically, not least because the developer is unsure whether it will even have a hotel option included or be entirely offices. If the office option is eventually plumped for, it will accommodate up to 5,000 workers.

There hasn't been a single skyscraper built there since Tour Montparnasse went up in the 1970s although this project will be located on the extreme south-western part of the city near the main ring-road that encircles it marking it out as a truly suburban project.

Despite this distance the project will no doubt struggle. The Parisian authorities are unlikely to approve of anything that will individually challenge the dominance of the Eiffel Tower on the Paris skyline as this tower well could, something considered a sacred cow in the French capital. It's a mistake made with Tour Montparnasse that's unlikely to be made again.
Unibail Tower, Paris
Unibail Tower, Paris
Unibail Tower, Paris
Unibail Tower, Paris