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March 27, 2008

A new hat for the Eiffel Tower

image of the Eiffel Tower with new addition

Sacré bleu! The Eiffel Tower is about to get a makeover. In honor of the Tower's 120th anniversary, the viewing area at the top of the Tower is being expanded, allowing twice as many tourists to take in the view at once.

Visually, the addition will look like a large round platform way up by the peak of the Tower. Now obviously, changing one of the world's most famous architectural silhouettes is not without controversy. To mitigate the anger, the architects of the addition have designed it so it can be added and later removed from Tower without damaging the original structure. (It'll be attached via a mesh of high-strength Kevlar cables).

The addition will be unveiled, accompanied by a blizzard of snidey architecture critic essays, next year. Here's an article in the Guardian newspaper about it.

Posted by Chris Spurgeon at March 27, 2008 05:45 AM

Comments

You should see this article:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/27/world/europe/27briefs-NOEIFFELREDE_BRF.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

"David Serero, principal of Serero Architects, said in a telephone interview that his firm’s proposal was merely a spontaneous design it had submitted to the Eiffel Tower management group in view of the tower’s approaching 120th anniversary and, he said, was neither a response to a design competition nor solicited by the tower’s management."

Posted by: David July at March 27, 2008 10:42 PM