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Tour Montparnasse

33, Avenue du Maine
Paris France

Status:built
Construction Dates
  Began1969
  Finished1973
Floor Count59
Building Uses
 - office
 - restaurant
Structural Types
 - highrise
Architectural Style
 - modern
Materials
 - glass
 - steel
 - concrete, reinforced

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Roof689 ft
56th floor cafe643 ftTour Montparnasse Guidebook
Length197 ft
Width105 ftTour Montparnasse Guidebook
Foundations-230 ftTour Montparnasse Guidebook

Description
Architect: Beaudoin, Cassan, De Marien, Saubot

Tallest highrise building in France.

The first and last skyscraper to be built in central Paris. Public outcry over the disruption of the cityscape caused by this highrise led to all subsequent development taking place in the La Defense district about 4 kilometers from the center of the city.

The tower was built as part of the re-development of Gare Montparnasse, which was too small for requirements, the tower stands on the site of the old station.

The tower contains Europe's fastest lifts, which travel 196m to the 56th floor in 38 seconds.

The 56th floor cafe and 59th floor roof terrace are open to the public, where the view can stretch up to 40kms away on a clear day.

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