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Old June 5th, 2008, 09:42 PM   #1801
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Paris i think i love you.

The skyline is going to look fantastic with all these towers. The axis from the louvre down the Champs Elise really suites the focal point of a skyline like this at the end. There just needs to be a few more on the left to balance things a bit more.
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Old June 5th, 2008, 10:04 PM   #1802
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I agree, for now they're mostly rumors.
Well a bit more than a rumor since some newspapers wrote it.
It was not the case for the fact that several proposals for Signal tower could be build.

Thanks at "Thanks" member of a french forum for the name of Willmote's tower.
Its name is Tour Osmose.
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Old June 25th, 2008, 10:42 PM   #1803
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Hermitage Towers have been registered in SSP :

http://skyscraperpage.com/diagrams/?countryID=40
http://skyscraperpage.com/cities/?buildingID=77902

But I don't understand why are present both old and new Gan Tower (same for Axa Tower)
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Old July 13th, 2008, 06:01 PM   #1804
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Paris to scrap ban on high-rise tower blocks
8 July 2008
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Paris city council on Tuesday moved to scrap a 30-year-old ban on high-rise buildings, a decision that could revolutionise the capital's skyline but which is fiercely opposed by green politicians.

The Socialist mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoe, has championed a change to rules that currently limit the height of inner-city buildings to 37 metres (122 feet), despite polls showing that two-thirds of Parisians oppose the change.

On Tuesday, Paris city council voted to launch a public consultation on plans to build towers of up to 200 metres at six emblematic sites just inside the city walls.

Part of wide-ranging regeneration plans, the towers would mix shops, offices and childcare centres. Delanoe also backs the construction of new 50-metre apartment blocks to counter a shortage of affordable housing in the capital.

The 37-metre ceiling was brought in 1977 to call a halt to a string of high-rise projects -- including the Montparnasse tower south of the River Seine -- that were quickly seen as failed experiments in urbanism.

"We will not repeat the mistakes of the past," Delanoe told the city council before the vote.

Consultations will begin in January to measure support for each of the projects, according to city councillor for urbanism Anne Hidalgo, who said she hoped work on the first ones could begin in 2012.

City authorities could start accepting architect bids early next year for two disused railway sites, in Batignolles in the northwest of the capital and Massena in the southeast, she added.

French star architect Jean Nouvel, who last month won a contract to build a new skyscraper in La Defense business district west of Paris, has criticised the taboo on high-rises, saying they should be allowed even in the city centre.

"This is not about undermining our heritage. But we have to stop thinking that Paris is a museum-city," Nouvel told Le Parisian newspaper. "Paris is not finished... If vertical buildings can enrich the heart of the capital, why deprive ourselves?"

But others warn that a badly-designed tower can blow apart the social fabric of a neighbourhood.

"Tower blocks ruin the most precious asset of European cities: public spaces," said French architect Henri Gaudin. "They wipe out a whole territory."

Delanoe's plans are fiercely opposed by the French Green Party, who voted against on grounds of energy efficiency.

"Tower blocks are urbanism's equivalent of the four-wheel drive car: flashy machines that devour energy," Green Party councillor Rene Dutrey charged.

President Nicolas Sarkozy's right-wing UMP party, though it backs plans for high-rise offices, also voted against the proposals on the grounds high-rise social housing would create a "time-bomb" for the city.

"In 10 years we will still have all the same problems, but it's worse to have social problems reaching up 50 metres than 37," said UMP councillor Jean-Francois Lamour.

Delanoe was blocked from changing the planning rules during his first term as mayor by his Green Party allies on the city council.

But the mayor was comfortably re-elected in March without support from the Greens, allowing him to take a second shot and push through the change with the help of the Socialists' left-wing and centrist allies.

"Parisians are uncomfortable with the very idea of high-rise buildings: polls say so quite clearly. But the duty of public officials us to be guided by the general interest, rather than polls," Delanoe said ahead of the vote.
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Old July 13th, 2008, 06:03 PM   #1805
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Places in inner paris where high-rises could be build.




Massena Quai d'Ivry






Bercy Charenton.




Porte de Montreuil






Porte de la Chapelle



Like you can see except in Porte de Montreuil and Porte de Versailles (not posted here) these areas are waste lands.
It is better than nothing but I would like to see new towers in more central location like Montparnasse.

Some of towers project were already know.
The +100m new Paris court Hall in Massena.
The 150m-200m hotel in Porte de Versaille.

According the rumors the hotel in Porte de Versaille look like a bit at LBT.
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Old July 25th, 2008, 08:29 PM   #1806
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Fresh news about the twin towers in Levallois-Perret. We hadn't heard from them for quite some time, so some people thought the project had been quietly cancelled, especially since the Spanish developer Fadesa withdrew from the project. Well no, Mr. Balkany, the mayor of Levallois-Perret, really wants skyscrapers in his municipality, and the twin towers are still on the agenda.

Le Parisien revealed yesterday that a public inquiry is currently going on. A building permit will be requested when the public inquiry ends on June 20. There are three candidates to replace FADESA: one from Saudi Arabia, one from Qatar, and one from Spain. The mayor should announce which one he chooses shortly. They still expect that the towers will be completed and opened in 2011 as initially planned.

The height of these twin towers is 160 meters (525 ft) each, with 42 floors each. They'll contain 85,000 m² (915,000 sq ft) of office space, an international four-star hotel with 400 rooms, a panoramic restaurant, an underground car park with 1,400 spaces.

Here are two maps showing the location of these twin towers (marked "Levallois" on the maps), as well as some renders already seen. I don't know if some changes were made to the design of the towers, now that FADESA is gone.
The construction of these twin towers began, the budget for these towers had doubled now it is €1 billion instead of €500 million.
So you could add two 164m tower u/c in Paris.
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Old July 25th, 2008, 08:32 PM   #1807
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Old July 25th, 2008, 10:16 PM   #1808
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Yes, I thought they were cancelled, that's an awesome news. This is one of the coolest French project.
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Old July 27th, 2008, 01:38 AM   #1809
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Business Immo magazine has published a diagram showing the new skyscrapers planned at La Défense, with their completion dates.

Livraison = completed and opened.

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Old July 29th, 2008, 05:53 PM   #1810
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I love all this experimental architecture...the Paris skyline will be pretty lively by 2013
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Old July 31st, 2008, 03:36 PM   #1811
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Tour Ava, La Défense



AVA Tower by Manuelle Gautrand Architectes : 142 m /58700m². Opening planned in 2011
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Old August 2nd, 2008, 03:35 AM   #1812
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Ms. Anne Hidalgo, the highest authority at Paris City Hall after mayor Bertrand Delanoë, confirmed that a skyscraper is in planning stage for the Porte de Versailles area in the 15th arrondissement of the City of Paris. That will be the first skyscraper built inside the City of Paris proper since the Tour Montparnasse in the 1970s. All we know so far is that this skyscraper is shaped like a sort of pyramid and that it will measure 180 to 200 meters (590 to 650 ft). It will host a four star hotel, an exhibition centre, a business centre, and will be part of the Porte de Versailles exhibition complex, the fourth largest exhibition complex in Europe. It will also contain a museum dedicated to the languages of the world, on which several academics are already working. For the first time in France, this tower will be fully integrated with the street, like skyscrapers in Manhattan, with no concrete slab, no platform. The developper is Unibail, the firm also behind some of the most prominent skyscraper projects at La Défense, and the architects are Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, who designed the olympic stadium in Beijing.

Below is a montage showing how a pyramid-like tower measuring 200 meters and located at Porte de Versailles would look like. Montage by Paris lover Cyril.

Note: this is not the actual design of the tower, since we don't know how it will look yet. According to the latest information from the Nouvel Observateur magazine, it will be (I quote) "not a pyramid strictly speaking. Herzog and de Meuron propose in fact a building with deconstructed shape. A sort of Great Pyramid of Giza but smashed and torn by computer tools, with a base quite narrow in its width and very long in its length. A collapsed pyramid extending along the entire Avenue Ernest Renan between the Périphérique motorway and the Boulevard Lefebvre, and matching magnificently the Eiffel Tower", according to an insider who had access to the confidential renders.

So the tower will definitely not look like on Cyril's montage, but at least the montage gives a sense of the impact generated by the tower in the central Paris skyline. You can find the exact location of Avenue Ernest Renan at http://www.viamichelin.com.

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Here is the Nouvel Observateur article, for those who can read French:
http://parisobs.nouvelobs.com/articl...853,page1.html
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TOUR MYSTERE

Une pyramide sur le périph'


200 mètres de hauteur, une enveloppe aux formes singulières s'étalant entre le boulevard des Maréchaux et le périphérique... Le projet de tour du promoteur Unibail, porte de Versailles, pourrait révolutionner le paysage parisien.

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C'est la tour mystère que personne n'a vue, mais dont tout le monde parle. Evoqué à demi-mots lors du conseil de Paris du 8 juillet, cité plus explicitement par Anne Hidalgo, la première adjointe de Bertrand Delanoë, dans une tribune à Libération mardi 29 juillet, le projet d'immeuble de très grande hauteur porté par le promoteur Unibail au parc des expositions de la porte de Versailles (15e) agite les esprits. Parce qu'il s'agirait du premier gratte-ciel construit à Paris depuis plus de 30 ans. Et que la présence des Suisses Jacques Herzog et Pierre De Meuron, architectes superstars, couronnés du Pritzker prize (le Nobel de la profession) en 2001, et auteur - parmi d'autres bâtiments - du stade olympique de Pékin ou de la Tate Modern à Londres, laisse présager de jolies prouesses architecturales.

Pyramide déformée

Jusqu'à présent, peu de chose avaient filtré sur le projet. Unibail, concessionnaire du parc des expositions via sa filiale Viparis, avait juste donné quelques indications sur la forme - pyramidale - la hauteur - 180 à 200 mètres, à peu près autant que la tour Montparnasse - et le programme abrité par le futur bâtiment - un hôtel grand luxe de 300-400 lits, des bureaux, et un nouveau centre de congrès. ParisObs a pu en savoir un peu plus. Le contenant d'abord. Plus qu'une pyramide au sens strict du terme, Herzog et De Meuron proposent en fait un bâtiment aux formes déstructurées. «Une sorte de pyramide de Kheops écrasée et déformée par les outils informatiques, avec une base très étroite sur la largeur et très étendue sur la longueur », explique un bon connaisseur du dossier. Une « pyramide effondrée » qui s'étendrait sur tout l'espace séparant le périphérique du boulevard des Maréchaux, le long de l'avenue Ernest-Renan (reliant Paris à Issy-les-Moulineaux à travers Paris Expo) et « répondrait magnifiquement à la Tour Eiffel » selon la même source.

Musée des langages du monde

Le contenu ensuite. On connaît de longue date les besoin du parc des expos. Confronté à la concurrence des grande parcs d'exposition européens (Milan, Barcelone, Hambourg, Berlin...), le site de la porte de Versailles, qui représente 65% de l'activité congrès, expos et évènements en Ile-de-France, a besoin de monter en gamme et de se diversifier. D'où l'idée d'un hôtel quatre étoiles et d'un centre de conférence, permettant de se démarquer de la seule activité « foires et salons ». Le bâtiment pourrait toutefois accueillir des programmes moins attendus. Une pépinière d'entreprises spécialisées dans « l'innovation commerciale » (e-marketing, caddies intelligents...), mais également un « musée des langages du monde », sur lequel Unibail, sans doute inspiré par la dimension universelle de l'échange commercial, a fait plancher une équipe d'universitaires.

Avant la fin de l'année

Reste à juger de la viabilité du projet. La volonté politique semble être là. Au cabinet d'Anne Hidalgo, on s'efforce toutefois de temporiser. Oui le principe est intéressant, oui, les premières esquisses « n'ont pas paru décourageantes », mais non, il n'y a pas encore d'accord entre Unibail et la ville de Paris. « Le projet peut et doit encore être retravaillé », indique Didier Bailly, le directeur du cabinet de la première adjointe. De nombreuses questions doivent être traitées : la dimension environnementale (consommation énergétique du bâtiment, accessibilité), la programmation, les espaces publics (terrasses panoramiques, commerces... que la Ville souhaite relativement vastes, pour que le bâtiment ne soit pas un lieu privatisé) et naturellement le montage financier, complexe pour Unibail. « Dans tous les cas, le projet ne sera pas bouclé avant la fin de l'année ».
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Old August 2nd, 2008, 03:48 AM   #1814
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AVA Tower by Manuelle Gautrand Architectes : 142 m /58700m². Opening planned in 2011
The design of this tower seems great.The top and the base complement each other very well.What is the status of it?
It wouldn't be bad idea making a thread for it in the international section.
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Old August 2nd, 2008, 08:20 PM   #1815
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Yeah, there is two 164m towers u/c and we didn't create a thread for these, so don't be suprised if there is no thread for this tower.
Actually I wait more information about AVA tower, we should have new and better renders the next week.
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Old August 2nd, 2008, 11:35 PM   #1816
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Who cares what the greens think! Build these wonderful towers and then some. Paris is going to look fantastic.
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Old August 3rd, 2008, 04:06 AM   #1817
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doesn't it already ?
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It will look a tad more futuristic..at last!
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The building permit for the heightening of Gan Tower has been issued. The New Gan Tower will be 236 m (774 ft) high at roof height, and 275 m (902 ft) high including the spire. Work is due to start in the beginning of 2009 and be completed in 2011. The cost of the heightening is 820 million euros (1.3 billion US dollars). The developer is Foncière des régions.









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