The new Eiffel Tower!?

I was quite surprised when I came across the plans to build an extension on top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The aim is obvious: To enlarge the capacity for the visitor platform at the top level! There are some more pictures on the website of the architects. It is not quite clear whether this is the final and approved design of the extension. But if you know more about this project feel free to leave a comment! I was also not aware of any public discussion about this rather significant change of one of the most known European landmarks! Has there been any public discourse on this issue in France?

I must admit I don’t like the new extension. It somewhat changes and thus destroys the whole structure and architectural concept of the original tower design. What is your opinion?

http://www.serero.com/projects/eiffel/text/eiffel_notes_en.htm

Update: The architects posted a clarification on their website:  “Our project for a the temporary extension of the Eiffel tower is an unsolicited proposal to the Eiffel Tower management company. We are confirming that the SETE did not organized a competition on this topic, in contrary with what was announced in the press.” (read more here)

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6 responses to “The new Eiffel Tower!?

  1. It doesn’t look bad at all. Yes, it’s different and more complex…a new look but that’s not necessarily bad…

  2. I really dislike this!! What is the point in changing one of the most famous landmarks in the world for the sake of letting a few more people see Paris. You can see Paris far better from the lower levels anyway.

  3. Why turn the most beautiful tower in the world into the Seattle Space Needle? Up close the architectural rendering does seem to follow the style of the existing ironwork, but the overall effect is to turn it into a big mushroom.

  4. hate it

  5. Best of the best places to travel destinations in the world is Paris, and tower eiffel is amazing…..

  6. it looks like they put a UFO on the top