Perret Tower

Cultural heritage : Site et monument historique
Patrimoine historique, Tour

Built in 1924 by the Perret brothers for the Hydroelectricty International Exhibition, it was the first reinforced concrete tower built in Europe. It measures 84 meters in height.

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The Perret Tower was the highest reinforced concrete construction in Europe (86 meters high - 95 meters to the end of its point). It was built by the architect, engineer and contractor Auguste Perret, to serve as an orientation tower for the 1925 International Exhibition.
A fast lift (1.15m/second) took the public to a circular terrace with an orientation table, which could welcome up to 100 people at 60 meters above the ground.

A spiral staircase also provides access, along a wall, to this terrace.
The supporting structure made of eight pillars give the tower a strong sense of momentum.
The stability of the pillars is ensured by a system of ring lines circling the trunk at regular intervals.
The Perret tower has suffered the ravages of time and requires major restoration work. Indeed, it has not been accessible since the 1960s
Its night lighting is very successful and highlights its architecture.
Building inscribed in 1975 and listed in 1998.


Free access.

Opening periods

Visible from the outside

Equipments and characteristics

  • Pets refused


Tram A et C, arrêt Chavant

  • Latitude: 45.184064
  • longitude: 5.734863


  • En ville
  • Arrêt de transport en commun à moins de 500 m
  • Arrêt de bus à moins de 500 m
  • Station de tram à moins de 500 m