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Monday, April 7, 2014

Free-choice Architecture

By Marina Correa
Renders: Courtesy the architects

The "White Tree" project at Montpellier, France.
"White Tree" at Montpellier,  France

The highlight of the proposed White Tree project at Montpellier, France is its free-choice architecture, which the architects and developers see as a definitive upcoming trend…

In the second edition of the ‘Architectural Folie’ closed competition, held in Montpellier, France, to enrich its 21st century architectural heritage, Sou Fujimoto Architects, Nicolas Laisné Associates and Manal Rachdi OXO architects won the contest to build Arbre Blanc (White Tree). This structure follows Fujimoto’s ideology of architecture reflecting forms found in nature combined with the city’s love for outdoor living. Strongly inspired by the tree motif, this 17-storey 10,000 sq. m. mixed-use tower sprouts balconies instead of branches or leaves.

The "White Tree" project at Montpellier, France.
Arial View


The "White Tree" project at Montpellier, France.
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Located at the junction between the historic city centre and the newly developed Port Marianne and Odysseum districts of Montpellier, the tower is designed to look as if has grown out of the ground and is proposed to be organically sculpted over time by water or wind.

The "White Tree" project at Montpellier, France.
Axonométrie zoom - balconies

The "White Tree" project at Montpellier, France.
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The "White Tree" project at Montpellier, France.
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Due to its curved structure reminiscent of a tree trunk, panoramic views are offered without obstructing its neighbours. Interestingly, the unique layout gives rise to different floor plans, which in turn translates into a one-of-a-kind apartment – allowing future residents to select orientations that are best suited to their lifestyles.

The "White Tree" project at Montpellier, France.
Perspective zoom - Rooftop

The "White Tree" project at Montpellier, France.
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The "White Tree" project at Montpellier, France.
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Just like a tree, the tower will feed off its locally available natural resources to reduce its energy consumption, while offering smart solutions for sustainable living.

The "White Tree" project at Montpellier, France.
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The "White Tree" project at Montpellier, France.
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Moving to the interiors, dense yet permeable peripheries blur the lines between rooms and balconies allowing for an ease of movement; albeit, with a focus on gravitating toward the outdoors.

The "White Tree" project at Montpellier, France.
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Designed to accommodate apartments, a restaurant, an art gallery, offices, a bar with a panoramic view and a common area, this high-rise, imbibed with Mediterranean character and Japanese culture alike, is set to dominate the Montpellier skyline allowing its residents and tourists to soak in the expansive mountain, ocean and river views — making it a prized destination.

7 comments :

  1. 1.000.000 likes Every thing is beautiful . Woow!!!!!!

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  2. its really ultra modern design

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  3. can anyone find any mistake in this model?

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  4. High rise slum.

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  5. Linda Hubbard ZabielskiApril 10, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    This is amazing!

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  6. Guilherme YamamotoApril 12, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    the plan left to be desired!

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