Fantasy has no limits, especially the fantasy of an architect. Modern technology and evolution in materials available makes thinking outside of the box more feasible. Not only does this allow architects to unfold the standards of yesterday in design, it also means developed security standards are achievable. The latest in peculiar cutting-edge design is the creation of a skyscraper in the form of a tree in Montpellier.
Arbre Blanc is the chosen name for this one of a kind creation. The structure is to resemble the crown of a tree, essentially white in color, but rich with suspended foliage. The futuristic complex will come to life in the south of France, led by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto, winner of the “La Folie Architecturale de Ritcher” contest with this decisively innovative design.
Arbre Blanc will be erected in Montpelier on an area of 2,525 square meters of land, close to the Lez river, between Port Marianne and Odysseum, not far from the city center. Acclaimed Sou Fujimoto is the winner of multiple awards, including the Architectural International Review Award in 2005 and the Golden Lion at the Venice Architecture biennale in 2012. The renowned architect is noted for his work, which interacts with nature in its own unique way, along with his authentic touch.
The architects intention is to facilitate styles of living that are in harmony with nature. The tall white tree will stand 56 meters high, distributed over a total of 17 levels, and it will house 120 luxury apartments in Montpellier, various offices, a stylish panoramic bar and a contemporary art gallery. Each property will be fitted with a private balcony and hanging gardens to attribute to the sense of living in a tree.
The unique skyscraper was designed in a way in which the interior of the structure receives the right doses of light and shade for the wellbeing of the residents-to-be, and the growth of the plants and hanging gardens. The high visual impact project will come to life thanks to French enterprises at an estimated cost of 5 million euro. The inauguration of Arbre Blanc, a project that could revolutionize the market for high-end real estate in France is foreseen for December 2017.