Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto designed plans for a tower block shaped like a pine cone with balconies sprouting outwards in all directions. named the ‘white tree’, or ‘arbre blanc’, the 10,000 square meter structure grows organically out of the ground, with a natural form that appears to have been sculpted over time. the scheme’s various branches also provide selected areas of shade for adjacent properties. each of the highrise’s residents will select a preferred floor plan from a list of possible layouts, encouraging ‘free choice architecture’ with a series of modular spaces.
Inspired by the city’s tradition of outdoor living, and the efficient properties of a tree, the mixed-use residential tower will feed off locally available natural resources as it rises 17-stories and connects the new and old districts of Montpellier. The new multipurpose tower called The White Tree is designed for housing, a restaurant, an art gallery, offices, a bar with a panoramic view and a common area. The building will feature a curved body reminiscent of a tree trunk, while the balconies of its 120 apartments are designed to fan outwards like leaves seeking sunlight. The curvature serves two purposes because this part of the facade offers the best exposure and viewpoint but does not block the view for neighboring residences. Located at the crossroads of several major thoroughfares, including the Lez river and the motorway, the project will also encompass the extension of the riverside park.
Created as a joint venture of the Japanese and French architectural practices, Arbre Blanc is imbibed with Mediterranean character and Japanese culture alike, with dense yet permeable peripheries where inside and outside join forces, the lines are blurred between room and balcony, uniquely indulgent exterior expanses surrender themselves as full-fledged living spaces. Unparalleled anywhere for its depth and well-provisioned hanging gardens that take up more than half the space allotted for residential units and offer up places to arrange plants, tables, chairs, benches and storage spaces.
the 17-storey mixed-use tower will accommodate residential units, office space and an art gallery
the scheme’s various branches also provide selected areas of shade for adjacent properties
each of the highrise’s residents will select a preferred floor plan from a list of possible layouts
dominating the skyline, the building features dense yet permeable peripheries where divisions between internal and external space are blurred. influenced by the city’s fondness for outdoor living, balconies gravitate toward the exterior, like leaves fanning out to absorb sunlight. a generous provision of vegetation sees hanging gardens, plants and trees positioned throughout the residential units, imagined as a vertical garden. the tower devises passive strategies throughout its design in order to ensure a comfortable and livable environment that feeds off locally available resources.
the 10,000 square meter structure grows organically out of the ground
offering a diverse range of programs, the tower welcomes montpellier’s residents and visitors with a ground floor restaurant and art gallery and a penthouse bar that provides panoramic views across the ocean and neighboring mountain range.
A restaurant located at the ground floor of the tower
vegetation is found throughout the design
the ‘white tree tower’ is strategically located between the city center and the region’s newly developed districts
That’s a little review of The White Tree Mixed-Use Tower In Montpellier, France by Sou Fujimoto. I hope you want to discuss with me in the comments.