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.