Sean Dodson

The elegant, tapering signature of the Eiffel Tower is to be reshaped, altering the skyline of Paris, in time for the structure’s 120th anniversary next year, the Societe d’exploitation de la Tour Eiffel (Sete) has announced.

Serero Architects of Paris has won the competition to redesign the structure’s public viewing platform and reception areas. The winning design, which will be 276 m above the ground, will not require any permanent modification of the existing structure.

The new platform will be bolted onto the tower using a web of Kevlar, an extremely strong carbon fibre used in the construction of racing cars and body armour. Critics are questioning the wisdom of tinkering with the famous silhouette. — © Guardian Newspapers Limited, 2008