In July, officials in Paris voted to lift a ban on high rise buildings in the French capital in a bid to combat the city's housing shortage and invigorate the city's economic status. Amid outcry from two-thirds of Parisians who remain opposed to the construction of new tall buildings, officials pressed on and lifted the ban in order to compete with the big boys – London, Berlin, and Barcelona. Designed by Swiss team Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron who brought us the famed bird nest stadium in Beijing, the gorgeous pyramid block structure will look like an ultra-thin triangle on one side. At 590 feet it will be the third tallest building in Paris after the Eiffel Tower and the Montparnasse Tower.
Due for completion in 2014 the tower will contain offices, a conference center, a 400 bedroom hotel as well as restaurants, cafes and gardens. Craziest facts? Architects are claiming that it won't cast shadows and nearby buildings and that it will be powered by solar and wind energy. More at Dezeen