edouard françois: tour végétale de nantes
 
edouard françois: tour végétale de nantes
jul 12, 2011

edouard françois: tour végétale de nantes

‘tour végétale de nantes’ by edouard françois, nantes, france images courtesy of edouard françois

 

 

 

paris based practice edouard françois has sent us images of ‘tour végétale de nantes’, a residential structure located in the future eco-neighborhood of prairie-au-duc in nantes, france. composed of commercial and residential programs, the tower looks to reinterpret the experiences and interactions of condominium living.

 

 

edouard françois: tour végétale de nantes entrance

 

 

 

wavering elliptical balconies surround the 17 storey structure, providing the static unit with a sense of life and movement. defined by its lush green facade, the building is layered with thin metal tubes that support a collection of plants grown by the local botanical garden. the containers – which measure 12cm in diameter and 4 meters in length – will be dispersed along the terrace railings, and are thought to successfully recreate the natural conditions of the chasmophyte vegetation.

 

this is not the first time françois has integrated vegetation into his projects. for more, see designboom’s article on ‘edenbio‘, completed in 2009.

 

 

edouard françois: tour végétale de nantes the balconies vary from floor to floor

 

 

edouard françois: tour végétale de nantes the metal tubes don’t take up much room, but make a huge impact

 

 

edouard françois: tour végétale de nantes view upwards

 

 

project info:

 

botanist: claude figureau BET: AIA-SERA client: groupe giboire area: 9150 m² program: 7500 m2 – apartments  (85 to 90 units) 2000 m2 – office 350 m² – activity 91 parking places

  • recently there have been a lot of “tree-tower”-projects… noone keeps in mind that trees also have roots that need a LOT of space! and who is supposed to maintain the trees? the tower gardener?

    oliver says:
  • mais dans quoi ils poussent les arbres?

    grégoire says:
  • This firm apparently has no clue that trees are more than trunks and leaves. The space required to support that much soil, to facilitate root growth, would result in an entirely different looking building.

    LandMass says:
  • maybe they are plastic trees? 🙂

    rok says:
  • Chasmophyte plants grow in the crevices and along the faces of rocks. They are very adaptable are are generally able to sustain themselves with limited resources (water, little to no soil, etc.)

    Plants says:
  • How plants can grow up?

    Dario says:
  • A promising idea. The proceeding comments are correct in assuming that the root/soil depth is underestimated in these renderings but small trees as they are showing (again depending on species) really only need about 5 feet of depth since their roots would adapt and grow out horizontally to accommodate.
    Jean Nouvel NYC managed to integrate small trees in floating cubes within the overhanging outdoor structure. And those seem to be not only surviving but flourishing. I pass them every day.

    Very much possible.

    blackhack says:
  • maybe trees are planted in these metallic pillars that would contain some volume of soil and they are perforated @ bottom for drainage which irrigates the grass also ? 🙂

    for the grass its easy u can use the hydroponics technic and plant it in 25 cm substrate only .. but definitely when it comes to automated irrigation system it is a challenging project

    not bad!! 🙂

    GS beirut says:
  • it’s like a parking lot with this fence

    ppap says:

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