The City of Light is all set to shine with a new addition to its skyline as Paris gears up to welcome its first skyscraper in over 40 years. The Paris city council has approved the rise of “Tour Triangle” in the exhibition site Parc des Expositions de la Porte de Versailles, Paris, France. One of the most sought-after travel destinations in Europe and the world will be home to the pyramid-shaped building. Designed by the Swiss agency Herzog & de Meuron, it will take the shape of a 180 meters (590 ft) tall glass pyramid with trapezoid base, wide from one side and narrow from another. Though it will stand at about half the height of New York’s Empire State building, it will still be crowned as the city’s third tallest building after the 324-metre Eiffel Tower and the 209-metre Montparnasse Tower.Financed by Unibail-Rodamco, a French commercial real estate company, the Tour Triangle will go up for estimated value of $555 million. Parisians have historically opposed the erection of skyscrapers and the original Tour Triangle plan was shot down back in November. The Tour Triangle will feature a cultural area, 2,200m² co-working offices and a “sky bar,” as well as private office space, a conference center, restaurant and an 120-room hotel.
Construction is expected to begin in the city’s 17th arrondissement near the end of 2016 and should be completed by 2020.