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The Tour Mont­par­nasse, con­sid­ered by many Parisians to be an eye­sore out of keep­ing with the city’s iconic sky­line, is to be given a makeover to turn it into a bea­con of sus­tain­abil­ity.

A group of three Paris-based firms, nick­named Nou­velle AOM, has won the bid to carry out the trans­for­ma­tion at an es­ti­mated cost of €300 mil­lion. The long-awaited re­de­vel­op­ment is sched­uled to be com­pleted in 2023, the 50th an­niver­sary of the tower’s in­au­gu­ra­tion, and in time for the Paris Olympics the fol­low­ing year.

Although much-ma­ligned, the tower does of­fer some of the best views over Paris from its 59th-floor ob­ser­va­tion deck. The plans in­clude ex­tend­ing the tower by 18 me­tres, bring­ing its to­tal height to 227 me­tres, re­plac­ing its cur­rent opaque cladding with a trans­par­ent fa­cade and in­stalling a num­ber of green spa­ces. Th­ese in­clude small gar­dens on the lower lev­els and a large con­ser­va­tory rooftop planted with lush veg­e­ta­tion.

The tower’s shape will stay the same, but it will be much greener, con­sum­ing ten times less en­ergy, with 70 per cent of the ven­ti­la­tion pro­vided by wind power.

“The aim is to make the tower an icon of the 21st-cen­tury en­ergy rev­o­lu­tion,” said a Nou­velle AOM spokesman. “We hope that this trans­for­ma­tion will re­veal the beauty of the Tour Mont­par­nasse from the in­side out.”

The work is be­ing paid for by the tower’s own­ers, En­sem­ble Im­mo­bilier Tour Maine-mont­par­nasse.

ABOVE: The Tour Mont­par­nasse to­day and as it will look af­ter the €300 mil­lion trans­for­ma­tion

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