French studio Ateliers Jean Nouvel has designed the 180- and 125-metre-high Tours Duo skyscrapers to "create a character" for eastern Paris.
Designed as a landmark for eastern Paris, the pair of skyscrapers contain 97,000 square metres of office space and a 139-room hotel.
"This project is about building its summit, its culminating point for the beginning of the century. It is also about creating a character, a singularity that is in relation with the reality of the site, that reveals its particular beauty, that relies on it to invent and strengthen the attractiveness of the place." Said Jean Nouvel. Nouvel angled the skyscrapers so that they would be more visible from the River Seine, the Périphérique and several of the city's landmarks.
At 180 metres high, Tour Duo 1 is the second tallest skyscraper in Paris after the Tour Montparnasse. The 39-storey building contains offices on its upper levels with an auditorium and shops on its ground floor.