It has been recently announced that Sou Fujimoto, together with French practices Nicolas Laisné Associés (NL*A) and Manal Rachdi Oxo Architects, has been chosen to construct the second architectural folly of the 21st century. The first one was designed by Farshid Moussavi. The spectacle will be located in Montpellier, France.
The new multipurpose tower is called Arbre Blanc (White Tree)and mixed-use – designed for housing, a restaurant, an art gallery, offices, a bar with a panoramic view and a common area. From the project’s conceptual phase, the architects were heavily inspired by Montpellier’s tradition of outdoor living. The tower is strategically located between the city center and the newly developed districts of Port Marianne and Odysseum, midway between the “old” and the new Montpellier. Read the rest of this entry »