Designed by Basel-based architect firm, Herzog & de Meuron, the triangular tower will be 180 metres high when completed, housing a 120-room hotel as well as 70,000 square metres of office space.

Rather than being located in La Défense, a district on the outskirts of Paris known for its skyscrapers, the Tour Triangle will be in the city centre proper. The last tall building to be constructed in the heart of the French capital was the 210 metre Tour de Montparnasse in 1973.

While a common sight in most major capitals, skyscrapers have been controversial in Paris since the construction of the 324-metre high Eiffel Tower in 1889. The Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, successfully diluted opposition to the Tour Triangle by negotiating with developers to sacrifice office space for childcare facilities and cultural amenities.

Work on the project is due to begin later this year, with an expected completion date of 2018. Tell us what you think by commenting below.

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