What makes Paris so enchanting is its wonderful architecture, and while many of New York’s oldest buildings take inspiration from the City of Light, placing them in a Parisian context isn’t quite as seamless an act as one would think. In Paris, where low-slung architecture is favored over the supertall (buildings are rarely more than five or six stories tall, and until 2010 the height limit on all new buildings was 121 feet), a new project called “Haussmanhattan” (Haussman + Manhattan) reimagines what the landscape would have looked like if the European city had joined the great skyscraper race of the early 20th century.
Some of the iconic structures edited into iconic Parisian scenes include the the 729-foot Woolworth Building, the 250-foot Plaza Hotel, the 700-foot Met Life Tower, the 1,454-foot Empire State Building and even Central Park.
The series also stretches out famed Paris icons like L’Opéra de Paris, the Notre Dame Cathedral and La Tour Montparnasse to New York heights.
And there’s one Paris transplant in the Haussmanhattan bunch, where you’ll find the Grande Arche La Défense placed beside the Brooklyn Bridge.
You can see many more mashups in our gallery below.
Images courtesy of Haussmanhattan
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