Montparnasse Tower Competition, Paris Skyscraper Design Contest, Building

Tour Montparnasse Competition

Paris Skyscraper Architecture Contest, France – French Tall Building Design

18 + 14 Sep 2015

Tour Montparnasse Competition in Paris

Tour Montparnasse Competition

Paris’ Tour Montparnasse skyscraper is to undergo a major facelift costing up to €700million – with Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo suggesting the neighbourhood could become the Times Square of the French capital, reports

An international architecture competition will launch in mid-2016 to find a new look for the 59-storey tower block as well as the shopping precinct at its base.

Tour Montparnasse Paris
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Architect Jean-Marie Duthilleul is leading the competition and the Mairie de Paris expects the work to be completed by 2024 – potentially in time for the Olympic Games, if Paris wins. He describes the dark brown tower as “very sombre”.

Le Journal du Dimanche reports that the 280 proprietors who own office space within the tower have had enough of the building’s negative image.

Tour Montparnasse Paris skyscraper
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The new plans for the esplanade in front of the tower include two hotels and up to 300 homes, of which a third will be affordable social housing.

The top floors and roof terrace of the Tour Montparnasse are open to the public daily and offer a popular alternative vantage point to the Eiffel Tower. At €15, an adult ticket is €2 cheaper than the Eiffel Tower – with the added advantage that the Tour Montparnasse does not feature in any of the panoramic views from the top.

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Tour Montparnasse building
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The steel and glass Tour Montparnasse was built in 1973. This unloved skyscraper is due for a €700 m makeover, reports

This week, an architectural competition was announced to revamp the tower and plaza below. The declared objective: to create a “Parisian Times Square” in time for Paris’s possible 2024 hosting of the Olympic Games.

Jean Marie Duthilleul, the architect coordinating the competition (due to be awarded in 2016) says the redevelopment should create a tower that is much softer, white or translucent and above all reflective, with a second skin being a possibility. This Parisian tower has suffered from asbestos problems in recent years and any renewal would aim to solve this issue.

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Mirage – Montparnasse Tower Renovation in Paris
Design: MAD Architects / Executive Architect: DGLa
Mirage Montparnasse Tower Renovation in Paris
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Mirage – Montparnasse Tower Renovation
A renovation proposal for Montparnasse Tower transforming the high-rise building into an artistic lighting installation that reflects the city upside down.

Link: Tour Montparnasse Revamp

Montparnasse Tower
Location: Paris XVe
Date: 1973
Designers: Beaudoin, Cassan, De Marien, Saubot;
A. Epstein & Sons International, Inc., Architects

210m high, public viewing from 59th floor.

The Montparnasse Tower is the tallest building in France

It was the tallest building in Europe until the completion of Frankfurt´s MesseTurm in 1990.

Location: Tour Montparnasse, Paris, France

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