H & de M: The Parisian Pyramid


You know, until pretty recently Herzog & de Meuron were some of my favorite designers – but seriously, WTF guys. First they decide to go all Jenga-like in the NYC [which you can see over at our ninja’s site, Arch Daily], stacking a bunch of glas boxes in a not-so-nice [and pretty vague, I hope] arrangement. Then a week or so after that project makes it’s way around these internets, we get this thing: a glass pyramid in Paris. IM Pei must be thrilled.

Now I know what many of you in the know are thinking: they don’t build skyscrapers in Paris. Well, it seems that the 30 year ban on high-rise structures has been lifted – this new project by H & de M should be completed sometime around 2012, and will be the first of 6 newly planned high rise buildings.


Nicknamed the “Delanoë tower”, after Paris’ Socialist mayor who fought to get new high-rises for the city, the pyramid stands 180m tall [50 storeys] and will sit at the outskirts of the city [damn near the suburbs, apparently]. The program hasn’t been nailed down exactly – but expect retail to run along the lengthy base, energizing the street level. The majority of the tower is currently planned as office space [enough for 5,000 workers], but the developer hasn’t ruled-out adding a hotel component to the program – which would probably have some major impact on the ‘look’ of the building itself.

The base of the tower should host a convention center. Then upstairs, we must find a luxury hotel from 300 to 400 rooms and offices. But the mayor of Paris has also wanted the implantation of businesses, including luxury, style restaurants, including pan, bars, shops. Equipment should also have their place: swimming pool, library, public gardens suspended. The municipality would also present a “museum of world languages.” [translated text from France3.fr]


So there’s hope for this [probably not for our previously featured Parisian tower] project, as it might be changing/evolving/looking better in the future. That said – unless the drop this ‘pyramid’ business, it’ll continue to earn a ‘My ninjas, PLEASE‘ from us.


And oh yeah – the ninjas over at BIG want their steez back

.:more over at bd online ->

Posted: October 1st, 2008
at 8:49am by orangemenace

Categories: architecture,my ninja, please,featured ninjas,towering pagodas

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  1. Seriusly, I hate it…


    1 Oct 08 at 10:18 am


  2. I think this looks really good


    2 Oct 08 at 6:53 am


  3. Hate it too. Fug-tastic


    5 Oct 08 at 3:02 am


  4. see, the second image i think has some promise – depending on how the building was actually detailed / what materials were used [i feel like yo ucan trust h & de m to have some sick material usage in a project]. that said…that first image? i don’t think anything can make that look nice…especially after you consider that this thing is probably going to have a pretty solid base.


    5 Oct 08 at 12:17 pm


  5. puh-lease! why don’t just make it look like another eiffel!?!

    ummm… on second thought, we already have too many eiffel towers and glass pyramids (yes, in AND outside paris)


    8 Oct 08 at 1:07 pm


  6. […] posts about this one, though opinion seems to be a little divided on the web,  the folks over at AMNP are not all that impressed about the tower, I have to admit I also find the shape of it the kind of design that will either become an icon or […]


  7. I am an arch student and this thing is incredible. You will never truely understand or appriciate a building until you study how to design and build them. Not to mention Paris is has a great need for verticle buildings due to density problems.


    24 Sep 09 at 10:10 am


  8. […] posts about this one, though opinion seems to be a little divided on the web,  the folks over at AMNP are not all that impressed about the tower, I have to admit I also find that the shape of the tower is of the kind that will either become an […]



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