Planning permission has been granted for the Phare Tower, expected to be the tallest skyscraper in Paris.
Part offices complex, monument and shopping centre, designed by Mayne of Los Angeles firm Morphosis Architects, the 300m tall Phare tower will be one of the tallest structures of its kind in Europe once completed.
The Phare Tower will look to bring in the quirks and idiosyncracies of the proposed site - between the 1989 Grande Arche de la Defence and the 1958 CNIT building - and blend them with the demands and infrastructure of the building itself using the power of parametric scripting. Kinetic energy will be seen as one of the major themes of the design.
The “skin” of the structure will also react to changes in light, becoming transparent, opaque or even translucent according to whatever angle the viewer approaches from.
It will have a Jean Prouve-designed glass facade, and exterior escalators which will stretch a distance of 35 metres to the ninth-floor lobby, allowing the expected 8,000 daily pedestrians a view of the traffic passing beneath, as well as a view of Paris’s established landmarks.