Herzog & de Meuron’s contested Triangle Tower approved by court; first new skyscraper in Paris in almost 50 years

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/d1/d1198a1cf8bb8a2f616562c247d010d8.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>The Administrative Court of Paris has approved Paris&rsquo; first skyscraper since Montparnasse in 1973, set to be located in the city's south. [...]

The ambitious building was first rejected in late-2014, and subsequently approved after some modifications by the Council of Paris mid-2015 by a narrow majority.

Herzog & de Meuron‘s controversial Tour Triangle project is back from a lengthy legal hiatus and will—now officially backed by court approval—start construction later this year.

Image: Herzog & de Meuron

First unveiled in 2008, the 42-story triangle-shaped skyscraper wasn’t an immediate neighborhood darling, to say the least, and divided the city’s public opinion on what the Paris of the future should look like for years. The design was initially rejected in 2014, then approved in the following year, and later held up in legal limbo again.

Image: Herzog & de Meuron

The 180 m (590 ft) tall tower will be first skyscraper to be constructed in central Paris (outside of the La Defense business district) in almost half a century—46 years after the much-loathed Tour Montparnasse went up in 1973.

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