Garden skyscraper to be among 'most sustainable buildings in Europe'

Garden skyscraper to be among 'most sustainable buildings in Europe'

Rendering by Skidmore Owings and Merrill

A 180-meter skyscraper designed to be zero-energy and accessible via a garden bridge has been proposed to be built in Paris, reports dezeen.

International architecture firm Skidmore Owings and Merrill is part of the team that launched a master plan for the project.

The new building will include a mixture of private residential apartments and hotel rooms. Each 1.5-story, loft-style apartment will be entered from the building core via a front garden overlooked by balconies.

Sustainable design elements will include rainwater harvesting, graywater recycling and waste-to-energy conversion.

The architecture firm hopes that, once complete, the district will be one of the first projects to be accredited in the WELL Community Standard, which seeks to recognize health-focused and well-integrated communities.

Renderings of the tower show the "gardens in the sky" running down the sides of the tower in green bands, linking with a tree-filled plaza at the base of the tower filled with shops and open-air cafes.

A third of the site will be given over to green space, with another third filled by buildings with green roofs. The developer has committed to planting one tree on site per residential unit.

Of the 1,000 residential units in the master plan, 30 percent will be social housing. As part of an integration plan, 42,000 square meters will be for co-living units for students and seniors.

A timber-framed rotunda is planned between the tower and the bridge. Called Neo, the circular building will have an interactive LED facade and is due to become a "digital hub" for eastern Paris. The space will host studios and co-working spaces for virtual reality, augmented reality, CGI, animation and video game developers.


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