Because the Eiffel Tower was not crazy enough
July 19, 2018 4:30 AM Subscribe
Architectural projects for Paris that did not see the light of the day, an ongoing collection by u/BringbackMarchais on r/France (MLReddit).
- An access ramp for the second floor of the Eiffel Tower (André Bas-devant, 1936), when cars were the future.
- An orientable roof-top airport (1938). Floating airports were apparently a thing.
- The Titan of Braavos, Napoléon-style, a triomphal bridge celebrating Napoléon (no date given).
- A 2000 m/6500 feet-high anti-aircraft tower (Lossier & Faure-Dujarric, 1937). It included three 150 m-long runways for scrambling fighters.
- A giant elephant on the Place de l'Etoile (Ribard, 1758). This project was revived by Napoléon but never went beyond a plaster model that stood on the less prestigious Place de la Bastille from 1813 to 1846 (it's featured in Les Misérables and in Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge movie). The plaster elephant became a rat heaven, decayed, and was eventually removed.
- The Louvre Pyramid, in neo-aztec style (Lheureux, 1889). Probably I.M. Pei knew about this.
- Arche de la Défense (Pei, 1971). Not really more crazy that the actual one.
- The Lighthouse of the World, a 700 m/2300 feet tower (Fressynet, 1937), with an access ramp for cars (Wiki).
- The Halles pinball (student project, 1980).
- The Halles frog (Rottier, 1979). Frogzilla?
- The Twin Towers of La Défense (Saubot & Julien, early 1970s). Only one was built (the Tour Areva) and the second one was cancelled after the 1973 oil crisis. Two smaller towers, Les Mercuriales were built in Bagnolet in 1975.