Herzog & de Meuron’s £430 million ‘triangle tower’ proposal for Paris has been turned down
The 180-metre skyscraper – officially known as the Tour Triangle – was narrowly vetoed by city councillors on Monday (17 November).
Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo however claims the vote – which split 78 votes in favour and 83 votes against – was invalid because some opponents breached secrecy rules and exposed their ballots.
Hidalgo – who supports the tower proposal – has asked an administrative tribunal to look into the decision.
Planned to complete in 2017, the Porte de Versailles skyscraper would have become the third tallest tower in central Paris.
Construction over 37 metres has been banned in the city since the 209-metre Montparnasse Tower completed in 1972, sparking controversy over changes to the skyline.
No towers have been built in central Paris in more than 40 years and the city’s tallest structure remains the 324-metre Eiffel Tower which opened in 1889.
Herzog & de Meuron’s 42-storey scheme was expected to host around 5,000 jobs and feature offices, shops, an observation platform and a panoramic restaurant at the top.
According to a 2012 statement by the practice the tower would reconnect Porte de Versailles to the city and restore an historic axis formed by the rue de Vaugirard and avenue Ernest Renan.
The statement said: ‘It will not only be a landmark from which the urban panorama can be experienced, but also an outstanding silhouette in the system of axes and monuments of the city.’
Images of the scheme were first revealed almost six years ago.