Sacré bleu! Eiffel Tower to get a make-over!

UPDATE: News of Paris-based Serero Architects’ installation at the top of the tower has been declared a hoax by La Societe d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel (SETE). I repeat Eiffel Tower Extension is a Fake!

Here is a fun idea, how can we get Parisians more passionate and worked up about their love/hate relationship with their most recognized and iconic symbol of French culture? Why, redesign it of course! Seriously, does anyone realize what sort of Pandora’s box of hell will be opened if this temporary re-design proposal from SERERO Architects for the Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel gets approved and actually built? Fearless are the few brave souls willing to face the wrath of the French when and if this design to celebrate the 120th birthday of Gustave Eiffel’s original inspiration gets approved. Aiming to “create a temporary horizontal extension of the third floor of the tower in order to increase the quality of the access of the public as well as experiencing the fantastic 360 degrees sight of Paris.”, the designers project will extend the top floor plate of the tower by grafting a high performance carbon Kevlar structure on it. The structure will be temporarily bolted to the slab without requiring any modification of the existing structure. For our Yanko Design readers in France, we are merely the messengers. If you want to track down the actual culprits, we cowardly offer their names for your goon squads to do what they please. Antoine Bourdeau, Louisa Gouesnard, Dusanka Malicevic Yoichi Ozawa, Jean-Philippe Sanfourche, David Serero, Taichi Sunayama, Fabrice Zaini. God be with you!

Architect: Serero [ Via: Bustler ]


  • JRA says:

    This is ugly! It makes “la grande dame” look like Seattle’s space needle!
    As a Parisian, I am very offended by this project!
    Bon sang!

  • Flo says:

    Slight mistake in your title. Here is the explanation from wikipedia ^^

    “In French, sacrebleu or sacredieu is always written as one word without accent, the ‘e’ in the middle being pronounced like a faint and short ‘eu’ (ə).”


  • bystander says:

    Much respect to the architect but I’m glad that this design is temporary.

  • Giulliano Gomes says:

    Two comments:
    1. Ugly;
    2. I don´t think language is the same of original design.

  • Mat says:

    I think this is a great idea and looks great (i know that comment will be a little bit controversial!). The only downside to me is that the concept its self is also its downfall. Yes more people will be able to enjoy the Eiffel tower and its views on its birthday but equally people will not be enjoying the actual Eiffel tower as its been modified, which would be a shame for people who are Eiffel virgins, but still a nice way to breathe new life into the ol’ girl.

  • oh really interesting informatic pics, thanks

  • oh really interesting informatic pics, thanks

  • lekid says:

    Flo is right there’s no accent in Sacrebleu, an it’s written in one word.

    I hope they wont change the Effeil Tower that way… it will so uggly….beurk
    The Efeil Tower is so symtric and that stuff would break down all the beauty of the construction.

  • TH says:

    I think in sacrileges of this magnitude, it is customary to also shoot the messengers.

    And although your very fete-du-jour -suitable betrayal of the original culprits was duly noted, I think it was a case of too little, too late. 🙂

    Seriously speaking, the design is not that bad, but somehow I find this rather difficult to imagine…

  • Peder says:

    I really think it looks bad, it’s like a hammer on the top ready to bash loose. And why would someone modify a landmark? Modify Golden Gate bridge only because you can?

  • Mee says:

    They’re ruining everything.

  • Jas says:

    great idea, but a little upward push of the flanges might give it a more flower look. Ive been up there and its like getting on the zipper or some carnival ride. To industrial revolution for my taste.

  • cafenitro says:

    It’s fine. It’s temporary (as was the tower itself). The French people didn’t like the tower when it was proposed, which just proves they don’t know what they want until it is given to them and then they won’t let it go once they have it. Such are these people “haw-haw” (twirls mustachio)

  • cafenitro says:

    BTW….it looks like a French Tickler…which I find fitting.

  • Rikyu says:

    Great project…
    But not for the Eiffel Tower look at the pictue 1
    can u see??? looks so ugly this project broke the beauty of the Eiffel Tower

  • Barry says:

    Berk c’est horrible l’extension de la tour eiffel.
    Et c’est pas “sacré bleu” mais “sacre bleu”, bordel…

  • powers says:

    No comment.

  • miss.yuki says:

    Fortunately it was a hoax! An April the First in advance!

    But it’s incredible how this rumour jumped from blog to blog until reaching newspapers such as The New York Times, The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph.

  • mif991 says:

    Ha! Fun project. I do like the structure (only as a temporary display)when lit. It is better than when I see banners (Like the Rugby World Cup a couple years back)hanging within it.

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