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Old September 26th, 2008, 03:09 AM   #1861
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Another video with more views and a little PR speech by the Paris mayor: http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/play...yvideo&lang=fr
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Old October 4th, 2008, 04:22 PM   #1862
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What Herzog & de Meuron say about the project

Projet Triangle, Porte de Versailles
Paris, France
2006 –, planned completion 2014

“Le Projet Triangle” is primarily perceived on the metropolitan scale of the City of Paris. Its elevated stature will lend major visibility to the Porte de Versailles and the Parc des Expositions site within the overall conurbation. It will also permit its integration in the system of axes and perspectives that constitute the urban fabric of Paris.

On the scale of the Porte de Versailles site, the project will also play a significant role in the reorganisation of flows and perception of urban space. The Parc des Expositions site currently forms a break between the Haussmanian fabric of the15th district of Paris and the communities of Issy-les-Moulineaux and Vanves, emphasised by the visual impact of the peripheral boulevard.

The construction of an ambitious building on the Porte de Versailles site will mark its opening and restore the historical axis formed by the rue de Vaugirard and avenue Ernest Renan.

The square of the Porte de Versailles is a complex space in its current configuration. Its initial semi-circular organisation is difficult to interpret given the many visual impediments and lack of clearly identified public spaces between the Parc des Expositions and the buildings opposite.

Building on the square itself would intensify this problem of perception: our project therefore proposes to free this space by positioning itself along the avenue Ernest Renan.

This move offers three major advantages :

* it permits the creation of a public square between the boulevard Victor and Hall 1 of the Parc des Expositions, by reorganising logistic flows.
* It creates a strong link between what are known as the “petit” and “grand” parcs, the two parts of the Parc des Expositions.
* It marks the Paris / Issy-les-Moulineaux axis, allowing the urban space to cross the peripheral boulevard by activating the entire facade of the avenue Ernest Renan.

Situated along the avenue, the project is located at the heart of the Parc des Expositions site, set back from the surrounding residential areas. Its volumetry also takes into account the impact of a high building on its environment. Its triangular shape actually means that it does not cast shadows on adjacent buildings. The environmental approach of the project is also perceptible in this simple, compact volumetry which limits its ground impact and allows the optimum utilisation of solar and wind power due to its excellent positioning.

Apart from its structural and technical qualities, the filigree, crystalline nature of the project permits its integration in the system of perspectives formed by the Hausmannian axes. This dialogue with the city is not however limited to its silhouette, but also defines the internal organisation and texture of the project.

The Triangle is conceived as a piece of the city that could be pivoted and positioned vertically. It is carved by a network of vertical and horizontal traffic flows of variable capacities and speeds. Like the boulevards, streets and more intimate passages of a city, these traffic flows carve the construction into islets of varying shapes and sizes.

This evocation of the urban fabric of Paris, at once classic and coherent in its entirety and varied and intriguing in its details, is encountered in the façade of the Triangle. Like that of a classical building, this one features two levels of interpretation: an easily recognisable overall form and a fine, crystalline silhouette of its façade which allows it to be perceived variously.

This “vertical city” district stands in close relation to its environment and is accessible to a highly diverse public. Taking up the analogy of urban squares, it offers each individual the opportunity to enter a complex of spaces open to all on its levels.

The base of the project is open to all, from the square of the Porte de Versailles and along the avenue Ernest Renan which regains the appearance of a Parisian street, with its shops and restaurants. An elevated square, on level with the roofs of Paris, will offer everyone a unique view of the district and the whole city. This visit might then be extended in the higher reaches of the Triangle, from where the entire metropolis can be discovered.

The Triangle will thus become one of the scenes of metropolitan Paris. It will not only be a landmark from which the urban panorama can be viewed, but also an outstanding silhouette in the system of axes and monuments of the city.

Herzog & de Meuron, 2008

Source: http://www.dezeen.com/2008/09/29/le-...zog-de-meuron/
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Old October 31st, 2008, 03:18 PM   #1863
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Some photos of Axa Tower under reconstruction.

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Taken on October 26:


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Old November 17th, 2008, 09:18 PM   #1864
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Some new renders posted by Densaga on the French forum, showing La Défense with the new supartalls planned. As far as I can tell, all the new towers appear on the render, except the Hermitage Towers whose design has changed and is still unknown to forumers.

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Old November 17th, 2008, 09:23 PM   #1865
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Wonderful. Definitely great and soo exiting !!
I must admit that Signal is not that bad on the first pic
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Old November 17th, 2008, 09:29 PM   #1866
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If only they would do the same at Montparnasse!
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Old November 18th, 2008, 01:49 PM   #1867
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Nope...dosent matter how you dress it up, when you walk through La Defense, its still a shitty concrete dump.

A turd, is a turd, is a turd.
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Old November 18th, 2008, 02:05 PM   #1868
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I created a thread about Seine Arche, the redevelopment area just next to la Defense.

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=750778


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If only they would do the same at Montparnasse!
I agree, I have the same hope or dream.
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Old November 20th, 2008, 01:23 AM   #1869
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Nope...dosent matter how you dress it up, when you walk through La Defense, its still a shitty concrete dump.

A turd, is a turd, is a turd.
mhhhh have you ever been to la defense?
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Old November 20th, 2008, 06:37 PM   #1870
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Some new renders posted by Densaga on the French forum, showing La Défense with the new supartalls planned. As far as I can tell, all the new towers appear on the render, except the Hermitage Towers whose design has changed and is still unknown to forumers.

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wow man.. that is gonna be incredible... wonderful projects...
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Old November 20th, 2008, 10:52 PM   #1871
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Paris has got it right, and she knows it!
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Old December 2nd, 2008, 12:13 AM   #1872
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Four towers proposed in Massena (13th arrondissement)

The vision to build high-rises in Massena is not but as we learnt few month ago, this area is one where high rises could be build inside inner Paris.
Massena is a big railward vasleland inside the big Paris rive gauche redevellopment area next to the Peripherique in southeastern inner Paris. With Bercy and the redevelopment of the dockland in Ivry, this is maybe the birth of the big eastern business district that Paris lack.

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Old December 2nd, 2008, 08:02 PM   #1873
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Apologies if this has already been addressed, but given the global credit crunch, has there been much talk of these projects being delayed or cancelled altogether.

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Old December 2nd, 2008, 08:16 PM   #1874
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Some guy, forgot who, said Phare and Signal (the two most important projects arguably) are maintained. Other than that no real news I guess.
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Old December 2nd, 2008, 08:31 PM   #1875
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Some guy, forgot who, said Phare and Signal (the two most important projects arguably) are maintained. Other than that no real news I guess.
Gotcha. I'd be okay with those two.
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Old December 10th, 2008, 08:16 AM   #1876
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http://www.lemoniteur.fr/actualite/a.../D08E8AD12.htm

great news that the former hermirage tower is cancelled

i know i'm a bit late but i was so glad when it has been officialized
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Old December 10th, 2008, 08:25 AM   #1877
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We know that new proposal by Foster is made of "several towers". Renders will be revealed at the MIPIM in March 2009.
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Old December 10th, 2008, 08:32 AM   #1878
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i can't wait!
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Old December 13th, 2008, 07:08 PM   #1879
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A hilarious article published in The Times. And a sad example of our segregated modern society.
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Paris mega-rich raise barricades against urban poor neighbours

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October 18, 2008


Villa Montmorency in the 1900s. Now it has become a high society bastion

When Céline Dion was reported to have paid €47 million (£36 million) for a house in Villa Montmorency last week, the industrialists and showbiz stars who live in the most exclusive district of Paris were delighted.

The Canadian singer will be a welcome addition to a gated community that includes Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, the President's wife, and Dominique Desseigne, Mr Sarkozy's billionaire friend.

But soon its 120 or so homeowners are likely to be confronted by some new neighbours they would rather keep at a distance - the urban poor.

In a move that has ignited furious protests, Bertrand Delanoë, the Mayor of Paris, has approved plans for 180 council flats in Porte d'Auteuil, across the road from Villa Montmorency in well-heeled west Paris.

Its rich and famous residents have signed petitions, berated MPs and complained that tenants will be able to see into their leafy and secret world from the tower block that Mr Delanoë wants to put up. Claudie Fournier-Christol, the chair of Porte d'Auteuil Environnement, a residents' association, accused the council of bringing “suburban crime” to the doorstep of France's “biggest taxpayers”.

The project is part of a programme to increase the number of council homes in Paris from 190,000 to 230,000 over the next six years to take the pressure off a waiting list of 110,000 people. With Mr Delanoë pledging to put social housing in middle and upper-class districts in the name of la mixité sociale - a policy designed to knock down barriers between the wealthy and the impoverished - controversy is inevitable.

Nowhere will it be fiercer than in Villa Montmorency, Paris's equivalent to Kensington Palace Gardens.

Built in the 19th century in the grounds of a château that belonged to an aristocratic family ruined by the revolution, the residence was originally a magnet for writers, thinkers and artists seeking a rural atmosphere in Paris. Today it has become a ghetto for les méga-riches.

Vincent Bollore, the media tycoon with a personal fortune of €4.3 billion, lives there, along with Xavier Niel, whose internet businesses have earned him a fortune of €2.7 billion.

Sylvie Vartan and Mylène Farmer, two of France's biggest pop singers, are neighbours. So is Mr Sarkozy. He stayed with Mr Desseigne, who owns the Lucien Barriè leisure group, for two months last year. Now the President spends more nights in his wife's house, which backs on to Villa Montmorency, than the Elysée Palace.

“I understand why they are fighting against council homes,” said Claude Goasgen, a councillor opposed to the plans. “They are going to get a ten-storey building under their noses.” City officials say the homes are needed for people who cannot afford private accommodation in the area.
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