Paris Skyline Will Be Changing with Controversial Pyramid

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Robison Wells
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Decades ago, French citizens spat on architect I.M. Pei in the streets of Paris for building the glass pyramid in front of the Louvre. Likewise, some French citizens and activists contest constructing a new glass pyramid—but this one is 42 stories tall.

The public always pushes back when an architect proposes building something that will significantly affect the skyline of the city famed for its views of the Eifel Tower. More than one group doesn't want the Triangle Tower (or Tour Triangle) erected in the city's 15th district. Nevertheless, builders intend to start work on the wedge-shaped glass skyscraper next year and finish in 2026.

Not only does the Triangle Tower face ire from those who believe that the modern and unusual shape, designed by Swiss architects Herzog and Meuron, will detract from Paris's cultural appearance, but the Green party on the city council is calling the building a "climatic aberration."

This project, an "office tower 180 meters (590 feet) high and 92,000 square meters in the area is anti-ecological and contrary to the commitments of the climate plan of the City of Paris," they said in a statement. They went on to say that the carbon footprint of the building will be "catastrophic" and "incompatible with France's objective of halving its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030."

Despite pushback, the council approved plans to proceed. Builders intend to get to work on schedule, barring unforeseen delays.

Amid contrary opinions from some citizens and environmental groups on whether Paris should have a new pyramid-shaped skyscraper, city planners intend to move forward.

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