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Eiffel Tower Observation Deck
Pictures have been circulating showing an expanded observation deck that is supposedly going to be added to the Eiffel Tower, transforming it into something resembling a giant mushroom. An article in the Guardian stated:

Serero Architects of Paris has won the competition to redesign the structure's public viewing platform and reception areas. The winning design (above), which will be 276 metres (905ft) above the ground, will not require any permanent modification of the existing structure. It will double the capacity of the public viewing area on the tower's top floor...
The design is already causing controversy, with critics questioning the wisdom of tinkering with the famous silhouette and spending money on upgrading a tourist attraction which attracts 6.9 million visitors a year.

But it turns out that the Eiffel Tower is not going to have an expanded observation deck, nor did Serero Archictects win a competition to redesign it. The Eiffel Tower management company has completely disavowed such a project, saying, "This is a hoax. We have no idea where this came from. The whole thing is preposterous." Meanwhile, Serero has posted an explanatory note on its website:

Our project for a the temporary extension of the Eiffel tower is an unsolicited proposal to the Eiffel Tower management company. We are confirming that the SETE did not organized a competition on this topic, in contrary with what was announced in the press. This project has been a victim of disinformation ( notably by the article published in The Guardian) which contributed to discredit our proposal. Many blogs and daily newspapers did present wrongly the project as the winner of a competition organized and approved by the Société d’exploitation de la Tour Eiffel.
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Posted by The Curator on Fri Apr 04, 2008
You should see my unsolicited proposal to put a monster roller coaster on top of the Vatican. I call it the Holy Roller.
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Fri Apr 04, 2008  at  03:52 AM
Let's not forget this item from the Museum's own top 100 AFD hoaxes.

#93: Eiffel Tower Moves
The Parisien stunned French citizens in 1986 when it reported that an agreement had been signed to dismantle the Eiffle Tower. The international symbol of French culture would then be reconstructed in the new Euro Disney theme park going up east of Paris. In the space where the Tower used to stand, a 35,000 seat stadium would be built for use during the 1992 Olympic Games.
Posted by Phred22  on  Fri Apr 04, 2008  at  09:42 PM
Quite an eye-full. You're welcome
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Sat Apr 05, 2008  at  03:25 AM
Wow. I that would be the coolest thing in the world to be on top of the Eiffel Tower looking down. I would probably get too scared though!
Posted by Eiffel Tower  on  Fri Aug 29, 2008  at  12:25 PM
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