Art of Building High – Skyscraper in Paris

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2010 Skyscraper Competition

Gregoire Zündel, Irina Cristea, Nicolas Souchko, Mario Russo, France

Art of Building High – Skyscraper in Paris

During the last couple of decades, Paris, like any other major city has exponentially grown. Nowadays it requires 70,000 new homes per year; a situation that has created a lot of controversy as urban planners propose skyscrapers and Parisians drastically refuse to change their beloved city.

Art of Building High – Skyscraper in Paris

Paris is a city of low buildings that recognizes street life and human scale as one of its most important aspects. The few skyscrapers located in La Defénse have been criticized and almost no one believes that skyscrapers could be the solution to their housing problem. This project proposes a possible solution by creating a city-like skyscraper that takes Paris’s street life to the sky. The volume of the entire building is fragmented by a spatial ribbon that begins at street level and moves upward to create community areas, restaurants, auditoriums, parks, and cultural spaces.

Art of Building High – Skyscraper in Paris


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