Which skyline do you love more: Paris or New York?
Of course we love New York — we’re constantly inspired just by looking up! But the historic bridges and manicured gardens of Paris are so beautiful. It’s what makes it so unique: while other cities have been fighting to building the highest skyscrapers in the world (shout out to you, Dubai!), Paris has preserved the flatter and more charming approach. Since the mid-1970s, buildings have been capped at seven stories high.
(In New York, we’d call that
Now, it’s all about to chance — Herzog & de Meuron (the Swiss company who designed the Beijing Olympic stadium along with a gazillion other landmark buildings worldwide) just won planning permission to build a skyscraper in the Porte de Versailles. As Bob Dylan said, “The times they are a-changin’…”
Tour Triangle (you know a building means business when it has a name) will be 42 stories, making it the third tallest in the city. Some say it will bring new jobs to the city, while others argue it will usher in an era of unwanted expansion. If you remember how contentious installing the Louvre Pyramid was, then you know how divisive this skyscraper is could be…
So, what do you think? Is it time for Paris to elevate (pun intended) their skyline, or should they keep things low-key?