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Montparnasse Tower, Paris

by Guthrie Douglas

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Currently the European Union’s 14th tallest building, it offers views that extend 40km across Paris from its viewing terrace on the top floor. Design challenges included high wind speeds and a requirement for no columns to be installed, in order to preserve the exceptional 360 degree views. Guthrie Douglas TESS™ 512 systems were installed, suspended on steel support cables, providing a vast, column-free, floating canopy. Steel rods were incorporated within the fabric panels to meet the wind resistance requirements, and wind sensors applied to automatically retract the shades in extreme conditions.

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