PARIS SKYSCRAPER GOING GREEN IN €300M MAKEOVER
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