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White Tree (L’Arbre Blanc) – Montpellier, France

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Design Architect: Sou Fujimoto Architects
Architect of Record: Nicolas Laisné Associés (NL*A) and Manal Rachdi Oxo Architects
Structural Engineer: André Verdier, Frank Boutté Consultants
Unusual/Special firms to acknowledge:
Landscape Designer: Bassinet Turquin Paysage
Design And Environmental Engineering : Frank Boutte Consultants

AE Interest: Aims to connect the old and new districts of Motpellier; designed to look like a tree to follow city’s theme of outdoor living; feeds off of local natural resources (units are passively cooled; solar fireplaces); contains residences, a common area, office buildings, a bar with a view and an art gallery with the intent that everyone in the city will find use in the building

Notes: Won the “Architectural Folie of the 21st Century” competition; 17 stories tall

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Written by Rachel Schutte

September 9, 2014 at 4:11 pm

Posted in Built

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