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Leaning towers of Paris approved

The mairie has backed Jean Nouvel plans for V-twin high-rise beside Seine in 13th arrondissement

PARIS mairie has given the green light for architect Jean Nouvel's eye-catching, high-rise asymmetric towers to be built on the city’s Left Bank.

The Tours Duo project beside railway tracks in the 13th arrondissement’s Masséna-Bruneseau quartier at Quai d'Ivray and the Périphérique should start building next year, if office space is let, with an expected completion date of 2020.

Two V-shaped towers – one 180m and 39 floors high, with the second 122m and with 27 floors – will include 108,000m2 of usable space, much of it for offices plus a concierge and fitness facilities.

However, more than 12,000m2 will be accessible to the general public – including a restaurant with panoramic view over the capital. It will also include an eight-storey hotel, an auditorium, shops, a garden and green terraces.

Tours Duo will form part of the ZAC (Zone d’aménagement concerté) operation, aiming to improve job prospects in eastern Paris, open access to the river and create a new mixed district with businesses, homes, shops and leisure facilities.
Permis de construire délivré par la mairie de Paris pour @ToursDUO d’Ivanhoé Cambridge— Ivanhoé Cambridge (@IC_Comms) September 22, 2015

Paris mairie named Nouvel winner of the design competition in 2012, following an international consultation, and Ivanhoé Cambridge, the property subsidiary of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, is the sole investor of the project.

The total cost has not been given, but it is expected to be between €500-600million.

Jean Nouvel, a graduate from Paris’ École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, has designed various other high-profile buildings in the city, such as the Institut du Monde Arabe, La Fondation Cartier pour L’Art Contemporain, and the Musée du quai Branly.

The Tours Duo project are to date the only buildings in France to be branded with the WELL Building Standard, a stamp of excellence which shows that the towers perform highly in categories such as the comfort, health and well-being of its occupants.

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