According to French network France 24, Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron gained approvals from Paris city councilors to build the Tour Triangle—a 590-foot-tall pyramidal building that will hold a 120-room hotel and office spaces within its 42 floors. Controversy has surrounded the structure since Nov. 2014, when conservatives allegedly rejected the architects’ construction because socialist Mayor Anne Hidalgo and her predecessor Berrand Delanoe supported it.
However, on June 30, government officials approved the building in an 87-to-74 vote.
Paris-based company Unibail Rodamco, which specializes in building commercial properties across Europe, will develop the project. Once it is complete, Tour Triangle will become the French capital’s third tallest building after the Eiffel Tower, standing at 1,062 feet, and the Montparnasse Tower, at 685 feet.
Tour Triangle, which will be the first skyscraper for Paris since the 1970s, will be built in the Porte de Versailles neighborhood. Local residents in this historic area have expressed frustration with the construction saying it will hurt the design of the surrounding area by overshadowing their homes.
The date for construction to start has not yet been released.