GROWING URBAN HABITATS

Edouard Francois | Sprouting Building

Montpellier, France | 2000 | Project Link

Perspective

GROWING BUILDING + GARDEN

The most radical aspect of the scheme is the treatment of the exterior as a massive rock face that will eventually bloom into a spectacular vertical garden. . . Here the caged stone is simply a uniform external layer, but its monolithic appearance will be eventually transformed by vegetation implanted within it.

This apartment block celebrates materials and nature. Flats are oriented to the east or west, entered from a central corridor. The curved block inscribes an arc in the landscape and gradually steps up from three to six fl oors. Gabion baskets that include soil and seed clad the exterior of the concrete walls, creating a medium between building and landscape that will change the building’s form, texture and color over time.

Research By: Catherine Brown

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