“209m tall, the worst abomination” This building is a thorn in the eyes of Parisians

Despite the 50th anniversary of the ‘Montparnasse Tower’, the tallest building in Paris, Parisians continue to criticize the very existence of the building, let alone celebrate.

The reason is that the beautiful Parisian scenery has been ruined as the black and hideous ‘Montparnasse Tower’ is built in the center of Paris, where low-rise buildings are concentrated with an average height of about 6 stories, giving a dense and harmonious feeling.

Recently , CNN focused on the Montparnasse Tower , which has been hated by residents for 50 years . Located in Paris, France, the Montparnasse Tower is a place loved by tourists visiting Paris as it has a famous observatory where you can see the Eiffel Tower in front. On the other hand, the locals are so dissatisfied that the Montparnasse Tower is regarded as a thorn in the eye .

Therefore, among Parisians, there is a joke that it is the most beautiful observatory because you have to go to the Montparnasse Tower observatory to avoid seeing the Montparnasse Tower.

At 209m, it is the tallest building in Paris.

The Montparnasse Tower was built in 1973. At the time of its construction, it stood at 209 m, making it the tallest building in Paris at the time. From the time it was built for the modernization of the city, the majority of opinions said that it was not suitable for Paris. It is evaluated that it has left a stain on the Paris skyline even 50 years after its completion.

The reason for the harsh criticism of the Montparnasse Tower is that it goes against the history and philosophy that the city of Paris pursues. Today’s Paris was created through urban improvement projects carried out in the mid-nineteenth century. At that time, Paris greatly improved the sanitation and living environment of the city through the project, such as repairing roads, water and sewage systems, and creating large-scale green spaces. Above all, the greatest feature of Paris was the unity of the entire city by making most of the buildings uniform.

However, World War II devastated Paris. Paris has launched a modernization project to rebuild the city. The Montparnasse Tower is also part of this project.

But there was a problem. Most buildings in Paris do not exceed 6 floors, but the Montparnasse Tower was designed with 59 floors. At the time, Parisians strongly opposed the tower’s construction. However, despite the objection, the Paris city authorities went ahead with the construction. The completed Montparnasse Tower, with its simple architectural structure, large weight, and uniform appearance, is far from the landscape of Paris, and has truly become a thorn in the eyes of Parisians. Brutalism

, an architectural style popular in the 1950s and 1960s,) was built according to Brutalism is a style that emerged to claim functionalism in rebellion against modern architecture that emphasizes splendid and decorative elements. It is characterized by the use of materials such as huge concrete or iron blocks to give a rough and profound feeling, but as it does not pursue beauty, it is also evaluated as an ‘ugly building’.

In order to prevent a second ‘Montparnasse Tower’, regulations on height restrictions are also prepared.

As the controversy spread due to citizens’ complaints and protests, in 1977, four years after the completion of the building, the Paris city authorities prepared a regulation limiting the height of the new building to a maximum of 36m to prevent the construction of a second ‘Montparnasse Tower’. I did too.

The local community and even conservative candidates who ran for mayor of Paris in 2014 called for the building to be demolished. In 2005, as news spread that asbestos메이저사이트, a carcinogen, was embedded in the ceilings and elevators in buildings, which was a threat to the health of citizens, the hate hair grew even more severe.

Although the Montparnasse Tower is the object of Parisian hatred, it also has its advantages. As it is a commercial building with the highest 59 floors, various companies are located inside.

In particular, it is said that the number of tourists visiting this place is about 1 million per year, because you can not only see the Eiffel Tower, the symbol of Paris, but also enjoy the night view. Another advantage of Montparnasse Tower is the high-speed elevator that can go up from the 1st floor to the 59th floor in 38 seconds.

The building height restrictions created by the Montparnasse Tower have now disappeared. In 2010, the city of Paris eased building height restrictions in consideration of population growth. Residential buildings can be built up to 50 m tall and commercial buildings up to 180 m tall. Accordingly, in 2015, 40 years after the completion of the Montparnasse Tower, the new construction plan for the 180m high ‘Triangle Tower’ passed the city council. The Triangle Tower is currently under construction,

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