The normative building height in the adjacent surrounding blocks is roughly 26 meters.
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.
An express elevator reaches Le Belvédère bar on the 56th floor from the entrance lobby in 38 seconds.
The average surface of a floor is about 1700 m². This provides office space for about 120 to 150 people.
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 foundation of this building consists of 56 pillars, which are inserted 62 m into the ground.
On a clear day, the tower's roof terrace affords a view of 40 kilometres (25 miles).
In case of emergency, the terrace on the roof can be converted into a helipad in less than two minutes.
Originally proposed in 1956, and completed 17 years later.
The total surface of the façade is 40,000 m².
This building has three full mechanical floors.
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.
Replaced a railway station on the site where it stands.
The total weight of this building is 150,000 metric tons.
The steel frame used in this building weights about 7200 metric tons.
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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