Structure in General
- When opened in 1973, the building featured the fastest lifts in Europe. With just under 40 seconds to the top, they are still among the fastest in the continent.
- The normative building height in the adjacent surrounding blocks is roughly 26 meters.
- Replaced a railway station on the site where it stands.
- Originally proposed in 1956, and completed 17 years later.
- Tallest building in Western Europe and third tallest in all of Europe from 1973 - 1990; surpassed by MesseTurm in Frankfurt. Tour Montparnasse was the tallest building in France until the completion of the vertical extension of Tour First in La Défense.
- The total weight of this building is 150,000 metric tons.
- The total surface of the façade is 40,000 m².
- The foundation of this building consists of 56 pillars, which are inserted 62 m into the ground.
- The steel frame used in this building weights about 7200 metric tons.
- The average surface of a floor is about 1700 m². This provides office space for about 120 to 150 people.
- In case of emergency, the terrace on the roof can be converted into a helipad in less than two minutes.
- This building has three full mechanical floors.
- An express elevator reaches Le Belvédère bar on the 56th floor from the entrance lobby in 38 seconds.
- On a clear day, the tower's roof terrace affords a view of 40 kilometres (25 miles).
- Referred to as one of the late French president Georges Pompidou's 'Grand Projects', the tower provoked a very strong esthetical and political debate at completion. Even a number of decades later, the tower has very few Parisian supporters.
- The 56th and 59th floors are open to the public, and you can get one of the best panoramic views of Paris from there.
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Features & Amenities
- One of the city's famous buildings
- Helipad is available
- Observation deck on roof
- Observation floor is available