But why does Europe like skyscrapers so little?

While the European Union represents more than 7% of the world’s population, and even more than 21% of the planet’s gross domestic product (GDP), it has only half of the world’s tallest buildings. Is 0.7%. It was The Economist magazine that recently noted this surprising fact in investigating the causes of the situation., Compiling data from the Chicago Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), we find out that the current tallest tower in Europe, namely the Varso Tower in the center of Warsaw (Poland), with its 310 m height it stands only 172 Is the 7th tallest tower. construction in the world.

Financial constraints, disillusionment, standards that are too heavy? One thing is certain: It’s not due to lack of information. The architect Jean Nouvel has no shortage of towers in the capitalIn Marseille or abroad. In addition, Christian de Portzamparc joined them in Manhattan where they signed several tours. Whereas François Renaud completed his first American skyscraper there three years earlier., If one has the technical know-how, the desire to live in these large towers in the heart of old Europe is often more discreet. Furthermore, most of the very tall European construction has been built on the margins of the continent: primarily on the Russian side, but also in Istanbul or london,

Africa soon overtook Europe

It must be admitted that the imagination of traditional European cities does not welcome towers very warmly. Unlike the United States or Asia, the tower reflects a stereotype of generally poor quality, peripheral location construction, often for social housing. Accommodation persisted rather than desired. So much for the historical side, which probably explains why skyscraper construction has spread from North America to South America, Asia or Oceania but little else here. Soon, Africa itself will overtake Europe.

Strict rules regarding town planning and heritage conservation are also a major obstacle. Furthermore, from the article economist puts forward another argument for this low presence of towers: older European cities are already very dense without being the most populous on the planet (thus none of the world’s 25 largest metropolises are located in Europe). . He also notes that “old Europe” probably also lacked large, very powerful groups that would want to put their name on the top of a tower.

Furthermore, the world’s wealthy people, who love to show off the most beautiful homes on the planet, value a historic and heritage building more when they buy something in Europe rather than an ultra-contemporary apartment in a tower. And above all, in the time of zain (zero net artificiality), it is becoming more important than ever to improve what already exists rather than building skyscrapers from scratch. After many failures, the construction work of Triangle Tower could start in the capital. (This will be interrupted by the Olympics), it is clear that in the future it will be more difficult to envisage this type of construction outside the region.

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