Skyscraper Could Be A Rival To The Eiffel Tower

Developers unveiled the design for a soaring, curving skyscraper Monday that will be the centerpiece of a redevelopment of La Defense, the business district west of Paris, and will rival the Eiffel Tower in height.

The American architect Thom Mayne, who was awarded the Pritzker Prize for architecture last year, designed the tower, which will be called Phare, or Lighthouse, and echoes London's famous ''Gherkin'' building in form. His design was selected ahead of proposals from nine other prominent architects, including Norman Foster of Britain and Rem Koolhaas of the Netherlands.

The tower, rising 300 meters, or 984 feet, is expected to be completed in 2012. It will be one of the tallest structures in the Paris area, although it does not match the Eiffel Tower, which is 324 meters tall including antennas. It will dwarf the Montparnasse Tower, currently Paris's tallest office building at 210 meters.

Mayne said Monday that the building would be an ''icon'' but that he wanted it to retain a human dimension.

''There's a fluidity, a sensuousness, a softness to the form as it reaches to the sky,'' he said, describing the asymmetric twist of the building, which swells out over an elevated lobby in the lower portion before tapering off to a thicket of wind turbines on the roof.

Mayne, 62, said it would also be ''a prototype for a green building,'' with a wind farm generating its own heating and cooling for five months of the year and a movable ''double skin'' to cut the heat from direct sunlight through the windows.

Read the entire news on the source link below.

600450 Skyscraper Could Be A Rival To The Eiffel Tower glassonweb.com

See more news about:

Others also read

The Biophilic Benefits of NanaWall Opening Glass Walls
Biophilic design is based on the idea that humankind’s intrinsic connection to nature can be used to design spaces that support ideal functionality in humans.
Donau City Tower 1
Designed by Dominique Perrault, Tower 1 of the Donau City (DC) Towers project is a prominent building across the Vienna skyline and is the highest skyscraper in Austria.
Rijkswaterstaat and SEAC launch the National Consortium “PV in the Infrastructure”
The spatial infrastructure in the Netherlands (roads, dikes, roadsides, noise barriers, landfill sites, railway area, etc.) offers a large potential area for the roll-out of solar energy.
Tour Incity
An iconic landmark on the Lyon skyline, the Incity tower is the tallest high-rise in the city and the third tallest in France.
Technical Challenges of Glass for Megatall Buildings
Guardian Glass is exhibiting at glasstec -- HALL 10 | STAND A24 (23-26 October 2018 - Düsseldorf, Germany)
Die Welle
Die Welle (German for ‘The Wave’) is an S-shaped building in the heart of Vienna.

From industry

Polígono Industrial El Bayo, parcela I, 19
24492 Cubillos del Sil León
Spain

NEWS RELATED PRODUCTS

Add new comment