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First skyscraper in Paris, Tour Albert
The 67-meter high Tour Albert in the 13th arrondissement was the first residential sky-scraper in Paris. It was built between 1958 and 1960 by the architect Edouard Albert, together with the engineer Jean Louis Sarf, as part of an approach seeking to combine technology, economy and harmony. The architect aimed to integrate this tall building with the Parisian landscape and to use his construction know-how in a versatile way. The metallic structure has a regular shape and is both light and transparent. Concrete-filled metal tubes support slabs of reinforced concrete and bracing in the form of a St Andrew’s cross. The sixth floor has a 600 m² terrace, the ceiling of which was painted black and white by Jacques Lagrange, the decorator of the film-maker Jacques Tati. A passageway was originally planned to link the building with the neighboring road. A modern architectural icon in France, the Tour Albert became a listed historical building in 1994. In 2005, it was meticulously restored by the architect Gorka Piqueras.
33, rue Croulebarbe, Paris, 13th arrondissement.
Metro : Les Gobelins (line 7) or Corvisart (line 6).
First skyscraper in Paris, Tour Albert
First skyscraper in Paris, Tour Albert
First skyscraper in Paris, Tour Albert