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Foster reveals tallest towers in Western Europe

Architect Norman Foster has revealed plans to build two 323m high buildings in Paris - the tallest mixed use towers in Western Europe

Hermitage Plaza will be situated to the east of La Défense, in Courbevoie, and will extend down to the river Seine with cafés, shops and a public plaza at its heart.

Due to start on site in 2010 and complete by the end of 2014, the two towers accommodate a hotel, spa, panoramic apartments, offices and serviced apartments, as well as shops at the base.

Forming two interlocking triangles on plan, the buildings face one another at ground level. The piazza – created by burying the existing busy road beneath a landscaped deck – slopes gently downward to the water’s edge, which is lined with new cafés and restaurants.

“Hermitage Plaza will create a 24-hour community that will regenerate the riverfront and inject new life into a predominantly commercial part of the city,” said Foster. “A light catching addition to the Paris skyline, the development will also provide a public piazza that leads down to the river’s edge to create a new destination for the city.”

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