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 “DelanoÃ« 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.
Posted: October 1st, 2008
at 8:49am by orangemenace
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