Paris is set to become city of skyscrapers

Bertrand Delanoë, Mayor of Paris, is planning to turn Paris into a city of skyscrapers. Monsieur Delanoë, who is a member of the opposition socialist party, gave 11 architects a free hand to design at least 11 skyscrapers for Paris. These will be placed on the city’s southern and northern peripheries. One skyscraper, which will […]

Bertrand Delanoë, Mayor of Paris, is planning to turn Paris into a city of skyscrapers.

Monsieur Delanoë, who is a member of the opposition socialist party, gave 11 architects a free hand to design at least 11 skyscrapers for Paris. These will be placed on the city’s southern and northern peripheries.

One skyscraper, which will be in the Massena quarter of Paris and close to Porte d’Italie in the 13th Arrondissement on the southern periphery, will consist of 1000 apartments and a shopping center. The building will stand on a garden terrace.

Four skyscrapers, planned for Porte de Bercy, also on the southern periphery of Paris will stand within a 10-acre (4-hectare) garden that will border the River Seine. They will consist of offices and apartments.

Another skyscraper project, this one for the Porte de la Chapelle area in the 18th Arrondissement in the north of Paris, will consist of several futuristic-looking buildings. One of the buildings, a tall, round structure, will look rather like a tornado has played havoc with its upper floors as terraces will jut out at different angles.

The final project planned for the Quay d’Ivry, in the most south-eastern corner of Paris, will be ecologically friendly. The buildings will produce its own heating and electricity with a pump that will draw water from the adjoining River Seine.

All the skyscrapers will be glass and concrete structures.

Monsieur Delanoë will however have to succeed in getting his skyscraper projects approved by the government because there is at present a ban on Paris buildings being higher than 121 feet (37 meters). The ban dates from the 1970’s when historians and ecologists objected to the construction of the 690-foot (210-meter high Montparnasse Tower (Tour Montparnasse). The tower (it can be viewed here http://www.tourmontparnasse56.com/uk/)offers a most fantastic view of Paris from its 56th (top) floor.

For the moment, however, Paris’ highest building will remain the Eiffel Tower. It is 1063 feet (324 meters) high.

(Picture: A cluster of high-rise buildings in Paris’ 13th Arrondissement.)

Marilyn Z. Tomlins

5 Responses to “Paris is set to become city of skyscrapers”

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    Jo Says:

    Having spent a lot of time in Paris in my youth, the idea of littering it with skyscrapers just horrifies me, it is such a beautiful city full of romance and old world charm. However, like everywhere else, I suppose they have to go with the times and housing is probably in short supply. It is regretful, but I suppose necessary.

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    Jody Says:

    Yes, skyscrapers allow wonderful views of an area. Too bad they obstruct the views of almost everyone else around them.

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    Louise McDermott Says:

    I agree with Catherine because I too like to look down on a city.
    Louise

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    Catherine Modin Says:

    I love skyscrapers. I love the idea of looking down on a city, especially at night.
    Catherine

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    Silly Yak Tales Says:

    Skyscrapers make me sad. I hope they don’t approve them because the landmark of Paris is La Tour Eiffel. Ugly skyscrapers would make it look like any North American big city, sad. That is Europe, they need to keep their old buildings with their charm.

    I think the worst and most unsafe would be that tornado building. Ladders on firetrucks are not long enough to to the top and save people. You would think they would learn after 911 to stay away from huge nasty buildings.

    Randi

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