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    Unlike most of ideas about this city, Paris is not dead.
    There is many projets in construction, approved or planned, these are mostly in inner "suburbs" wich are completly urban but the inner city is also not dead in project.

    Unlike most cities due at strong NYMBYies most project in Paris are silent, it is hard to have any information about it.
    There is several planned skyscrapers that we do not even know the localization or the rendenring.

    The area served by this thread would be the dense core of Paris urban area wich represent 6.7 million inhabitants in 700km².

    This area is called coeur d'agglomeration "core of agglomeration" in english, "agglomeration central" represent the rest of the urban area wich is formed by typical suburbia like any big city.

    The vast majority of project or construction in Paris are under 10 floors.
    Skycrapers are mostly build in la Defense in the west of the city.

    Most people don't know very well Paris (even for Parisian it is the case) For any project I would post a map of the district location.

    The map of Inner Paris and inner suburbs the core of Paris urban area

    Here courbevoie were are located most skyscrapers projects in Paris.

    The inner city separated in 20 arrondissements, the outer city is separated in +100 municipalities.


    According the last Paris Crane survey published by Driver Jonas.
    There were actually in Central Paris and the inner suburbs, 1,930,000 m² or 20.8 million sq ft of office (Buildings over 1,000 m²) under in construction the 30 september.
    According Jonas it is the first time that they see a such high number in a crane survey.
    Paris Crane survey Nov 2007

    So Paris is the biggest Western European city in term of office construction

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    Nothing is better than a project in the center to begin.
    (Everyone know the this project)

    1st arrondissement of inner Paris

    For Paris, the Newest Look Is a Canopy

    A scale model of the project to rebuild the Forum in the Paris neighborhood Les Halles features the grand canopy and the gardens it will abut.

    Published: July 7, 2007

    "PARIS, July 6 — When it comes to renovating Les Halles — the troubled neighborhood, nicknamed the belly of Paris, which for generations supplied the city with food — the appropriate motto might well be: If at first you fail, keep trying.
    Certainly, since its elegant 19th-century steel-and-glass markets were torn down in the early 1970s and the wholesale food distributors moved to the Paris suburbs, failure has been the zone’s leitmotif. The so-called Forum and the gardens that replaced the 12 pavilions have never been popular, but efforts to replace them have often stumbled.
    Now the Paris government is trying again. This month Mayor Bertrand Delanoë unveiled the winners of the latest architecture competition for a new Forum. And the pledge is that the project, expected to cost 120 million euros ($163 million), will be completed by 2012.

    If it really is built, the design by Patrick Berger and Jacques Anziutti, two French architects experienced in working in Paris, anticipates creating new commercial and cultural spaces beneath a vast glass roof, variously described as a canopy, layered leaves or a shell but perhaps most evocative of the undulating movements of a manta ray.

    The structure, which in a model has a greenish-yellow color supposedly inspired by vegetation, will cover a construction area 396 feet by 462 feet and will open onto nearly 11 acres of gardens, which another French architect, David Mangin, was chosen to redesign in 2004.
    Significantly, rising 36 feet above ground level, the Forum’s canopy — that is the architects’ favored description — will not compete in height with two older landmarks of the neighborhood, the Church of St. Eustache on the southern edge of the gardens and the 18th-century Commodities Exchange to the west.

    The real challenge facing Mr. Berger and Mr. Anziutti, though, is that they are not starting from scratch: they are expected to build something new without replacing all of the old.
    The razing of Les Halles some 35 years ago led to what became known as the black hole of Paris, an enormous area of excavated land that scarred the city for almost a decade as arguments raged over what should be built.
    When the Forum was finally inaugurated in 1981 by Jacques Chirac, then the city’s mayor, most construction had taken place below ground, notably with an enormous station serving the metro system and the R.E.R. regional train network. Five levels of shops were linked by escalators. Resembling steel-and-glass mushrooms, the buildings above the ground included a small museum and other shops.

    But while the newly opened Georges Pompidou Center quickly gentrified the nearby neighborhood of Le Marais, the Forum had a different impact, drawing fast-food shops and, worse, drug peddlers. When Mr. Delanoë announced plans to restore the area in 2002, he called it “a soulless, architecturally bombastic concrete jungle.” It was also an area that many Parisians avoided.
    The first architecture competition for a new Halles in 2004 failed to convince, and of the four finalists — the others were Jean Nouvel, Rem Koolhaas and Winy Maas — only Mr. Mangin’s conservative proposal for the gardens was retained. A new competition was organized, with Mr. Berger and Mr. Anziutti now chosen from among 10 finalists, including Massimiliano Fuksas, Toyo Ito and Paul Chemetov.

    “The life of the Forum has to continue while we are building this,” Mr. Berger said in an interview. “We will do it in stages. Obviously, with 800,000 people using the metro and R.E.R. station every day, transportation cannot be disrupted.”
    Their design will in effect reach 66 feet below the ground to the roof of the station, though the shopping areas will remain largely intact. The principal novelty will be a so-called patio, measuring roughly 215 feet by 150 feet, which will be open to ground level and protected from the elements by the canopy.
    Above the ground, albeit not directly visible from adjacent streets, the canopy will also provide cover for a museum, a music conservatory, restaurants and shops.
    Inevitably, though, it is the glass canopy itself — a computer-generated image suggests it will glow like a spaceship at night — which will eventually define the new Forum’s image. Interestingly, three years ago Mr. Nouvel proposed covering the Forum’s commercial and cultural areas with a roof garden, but the approved design will not have plants or be reachable by visitors.
    Mr. Berger contends that his design still echoes the forms of nature and responds directly to the trees of the gardens. “There is an enormous complexity of forces meeting here,” he said. “The energies of Paris merge with the energies of nature. The challenge was to find a morphology of these ideas.”

    Mr. Mangin’s proposed redesign of the gardens should help the Forum interrelate with nature. In the late 1970s the gardens were landscaped into mounds and paths, ideal for people crossing the zone but uninviting to those who wanted to pause for rest or reflection.
    Under Mr. Mangin’s proposal, the gardens will have shaded paths in the manner of Barcelona’s Ramblas and offer large lawns where Parisians can play, eat or snooze. And as Mr. Berger imagines his own design, the gardens themselves will slope down toward the edge of the patio, in effect blending with the interior world of the canopy.
    Mr. Delanoë, for one, seems persuaded that the long-promised rebirth of this part will now proceed. In contrast to what happened three years ago, there have also been no protests against the Forum-to-be by local residents. That alone is a relief to the mayor, who is expected to seek re-election next year.
    As with every major urban renewal project, of course, only the public can offer the final verdict. And before that happens, the patience of the nearly 300 million people who go through Les Halles each year will no doubt be sorely tested. In that sense, Mr. Delanoë’s own image may not be safe for another five years.
    Most Parisan fan of architecture that I know are not a fan of this project, the architect forgot that it is the center of a 11 million inhabitants metropolis
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    Skyscraper (over 150m) planned and under in construction in La Defense area.

    Tour Generali : 318 m (1,043 ft), 56 floors, 90,000 m² (970,000 sq. ft), offices
    work to start in the end of 2008, to be delivered in 2011, Approved

    Tours Hermitage : 309 m and 264 m (1,014 ft and 866 ft), 75 and 65 floors, 250,000 m², mixed use
    to be completed in 2014. Proposed

    Tour Signal : 301 m (988 ft), 70 floors, mixed use
    to be delivered before 2015, Proposed

    Tour Phare : ca. 300 m (1,000 ft), ca. 70 floors, 130,000 m² (1.4 million sq. ft), offices
    work to start in 2009, to be delivered in 2012, Approved

    Tour CB21 : 275 m (902 ft), offices
    To be completed by 2011 Approved

    Tour CB31 : 240 m (780 ft), 56 floors, 86,707.1 m² (933,307.5 sq. ft), offices
    to be delivered by the end of 2009-beginning of 2010, U/C

    Tour Air² : 220 m (650-700 ft), 43 floors, 75,000 m² (800,000 sq. ft), offices
    To be completed by 2013, Approved

    Tour Majunga : ca. 195 m (640 ft), ca. 45 floors, 65,400 m² (704,000 sq. ft), offices
    to be delivered in 2011, Approved

    Tour Granite : 184 m (604 ft) 37 floors, 68,000 m² (732,000 sq. ft), offices

    Tour Carpe Diem : 166 m (545 ft).
    work to start in 2011 to be delivered in 2013, Proposed

    Tour D2 : 160m (525 ft), 33 floors, 55,000 m² (592,000 sq. ft), offices
    to be completed by 2013, Proposed

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    Far better than any of our office towers.

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    Don't say this, I find the tower of MOMA Expansion better than any of our project.

    Some cultural projects

    Stade Jean Bouin
    A new rugby Stadium in the 16th arrondissement of Inner Paris

    The stadium (22 000 seats) designed by Rudy Ricciotti will be built in the XVI arrondissement. Works start in 2009 and will be finished in 2011.

    Cite de la Mode et du Design.
    Design and Mode center
    13th arrondissement of inner Paris

    La cité de la mode et du design is build on a masterpiece of our industrial heritage. It's one of the first concrete structure in Paris. We keep it und plug those green structures on.
    The first level will be an open space, without any glass (because of floods).
    Architects : Jakob and Macfarlane

    U/C It should open in 2008

    Vuitton Foundation for Arts
    16th arrondissement of inner Paris

    Architect : Gehry
    The construction of this building has started.

    Paris new Philharmonie
    Concert hall 4000 seat

    19 arrondissement of inner Paris

    Architect : Jean Nouvel.

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    ^ The stadium design is incredible. The philharmonic gives me mixed feelings.

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    If people think chicago is innovative then European architecture should be blowing them away.

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    High-rises planned outside la Defense area

    Issy coeur de ville Issy les Moulineaux

    around 170m
    Architect : Ferrier

    Tour Mozart Bouygues HQ, Issy les Moulineaux
    97m 2010 U/C

    Tours Pont d'Issy. Issy les Moulineaux
    Architect : Itsuko Hasegawa
    No rendering yet

    Thee mid-rises near Stade de France in Saint Denis

    architect : Reichen and Rober

    Tour C1 Boulogne Billancourt

    90m, 2010
    Architect : Jean Nouvel

    Tour Pont de Neuilly, Neuilly sur Seine

    +160m +40fl
    Architect : Vasconi
    These twin towers should be just near la Defense.
    Note that here it is a vision for this project, not rendering.

    This is a rendering.

    Levallois twin tower Levallois Perret

    Approved (work should start soon)
    165m 541ft
    Architect : Glaiman & Epstein?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Minato ku View Post
    Paris new Philharmonie
    What is the Metro stop for this?

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    There seems to be something of a competition between cities these days to build the most bizarre looking buildings - the philharmonie is amazing, i love it. I also like the Tour Generali.

    I didn't get the chance to visit la defence when i was over, but next time i'll certainly go and have a look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ablarc View Post
    What is the Metro stop for this?
    Porte de la Villette (line 7) or Porte de Pantin (line 5).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Minato ku View Post
    Don't say this, I find the tower of MOMA Expansion better than any of our project.
    Not an office building and Nouvel is a French architect anyway. Seems like it always takes someone from somewhere else to get anything good here. If Europe is blowing Chicago away, then that leaves New York far behind doesn't it Alonzo?

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    Yes, not behind Chicago though, just Europe.

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    The winner of the architect contest to build the D2 Tower in La Défense was revealed a few days ago. It is French architect Anthony Béchu. Béchu's D2 Tower is approx. 180m (590 ft) high.
    No renders have been revealed yet. Earlier last year we saw renders of a project for the D2 Tower by Béchu. I don't know if it's the same project that won the architect contest.

    Here are the renders from Béchu's proposal for the D2 Tower last year:

    The D2 Tower will replace the 9-floor Veritas Building built in 1984 and which will be destroyed to make way for the D2 Tower
    The level difference between La Défense's concrete slab (to the left, not visible in this picture) and the natural street level located about 20 meters below the concrete slab is the reason for the elevated ramps (climbing toward the slab) and concrete jungle bordering the Veritas Building:

    Compare with this render of the base of D2 Tower. The base will be completely integrated with the boulevard. Béchu aims to smoothen the level difference between the concrete slab and the natural street level to restore a more traditional urban appearance. It's also quite visible in the first image at the beginning of this message, with what appears like impressive stairs linking the elevated slab and the boulevard.

    This place is already very dense (the densest in Europe) but with the several skscraper canyon will be impressive.

    This is the project of Manuel Gautrand for this tower.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek2k3 View Post
    Far better than any of our office towers.
    For sure. But not even a decade ago Paris had arguably the world's worst modern architecture. La Defense's skyscrapers made NY's 6th Avenue look exciting. The housing high-rises were just as bad if not worse. If Paris could make such a dramatic turn-around, there's hope for NY too.

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