Benefiting from an exception to the 37 meter building height restriction in Paris, the tallest building of the project is 50 meters tall.
Covered with plants from wild natural areas, the tower is a tool for seeding: it allows the wind to spread class one purebred seeds into the urban environment. Its height is a key element for its capacity to regenerate urban biodiversity. Its titanium cladding generates moiré patterns that give it a subtle, fluctuating character.
The tower is thus not only a tool for neighborhood development but also a tool for development on a bigger scale as it distills a "green" aura to the Parisian cityscape.
The landscaping strategy unfolds in three stages: first with rapidly climbing vines, later with conifer trees that develop in five to ten years, and lastly with slow-growth trees like oaks that develop in twenty years or more. The green vegetal façade of the tower extends over the center of the block to the surrounding buildings. These smaller buildings are simpler, with metal facades in zinc and aluminum. They are placed at the corners of the block, allowing for the pedestrian to stroll through a calm, protected garden filled with low vegetation, as if outside of the city.
Photo credits: Pierre L'Excellent