The epic structure towers over Paris at a height of 210 metres, with no less than 58 floors to climb for anyone brave enough to head to the top. It is set to undergo a €300 million renovation aiming to make the monument both “more aesthetic and more green”. The works begin in 2019 and will take place of over a period of 40 months, hoping to be completed in 2023.
The announcement of an eco-friendly renovation has mostly been received as cause for joy, though not for everybody. There’s been talks ongoing since 2014 about simply destroying this building, with the structure sometimes being dubbed as the city’s ‘most ugly monument’, towering its opaque black mass across a Paris skyline it doesn’t quite fit into.
However, with the new changes there’ll be cosy winter gardens and a bio-climatic transparent exterior facade, creating a gorgeous déluge of natural light inside. The modernising focus works in line with eco-friendly interests and sustainability, promising to cut energy costs to 10 times below its current consumption.
The plans also come in a bid to encourage more people to visit this monument, a move no doubt inspired by the 2024 Olympic Games that will take place in Paris.