Friday, 14 March 2014

Amazing 17-storey apartment block resembling a tree set to be built on French Mediterranean

The ultimate tree house: Amazing white apartment block with trunk and branches will be built on French Mediterranean
A 17-storey apartment block resembling a tree is set to be built in Montpellier, France next year
Called The White Tree, balconies and shade decks will hang off the tower like branches, creating shade and drawing light into the building

The structure's French and Japanese architects were inspired by Montpellier's outdoor living and the form of a tree

It will feature a rooftop penthouse bar with sweeping ocean and mountain views, an art gallery and restaurant

Residents will be able to choose from 120 units offering many different floor plans

Montpillier hopes to build 12 architectural follies - buildings featuring an extravagant appearance and challenging traditional architectural ideas
Aptly called The White Tree (L’Arbre Blanc), at 17-storeys, the high-rise building embodies the capabilities of 21 century architecture. As its name suggests, the building's unusual shape takes inspiration from the tree form, with endless stair-step balconies protruding off the building's trunk-like core in the same way branches do on trees.

Appearing to grow out of the ground, the plans for the structure draw further comparisons to a tree. In addition to the balconies jutting off in different directions like branches, these will be complimented by functional decks that provide shade for adjoining units, thus creating a tree-like set of stairs that encase the building.
Tree in the sky: An apartment block unlike others, the building's balconies are inspired by tree branches, which draw natural light and create an open atmosphere for vegetation
Construction on the mixed-use high-rise building is set to start in July next year, with completion expected by December 2017

Standing tall at 56 metres, the building will pierce the Montpellier skyline, with a penthouse bar offering spectacular views of the coast and nearby mountains
Offering 120 apartments, The White Tree will offer residents the chance to pick from various units with different floor plans due to structure's unique form

The White Tree will become Montpellier's second folly structure because if it's extravagant form and ability to challenge the traditional notions of architecture
A restaurant will greet people on the ground floor, while nearby pedestrian and cycle paths will encourage residents to connect with the environment

The 10,000 square metre French-designed building will be built by Japanese architects and draw influences from both countries

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