The unique shape of "L'Arbre Blanc" takes its inspiration from nature.

Usually high-rise buildings are as separate, in people’s minds, from nature as possible. The architecture firm Sou Fujimoto aims to change all that with an amazing new high-rise project in the Port Marianne district of Montpellier, France that evokes a tree trunk. The name of the project, fittingly, is L’Arbre Blanc (“white tree”) and it is a part of a series of 12 new buildings that also includes a rippling apartment block designed by Farshid Moussavi.

The series, which is called ‘architectural follies,’ is meant to evoke the 18th-century chateaux built by wealthy merchants around Montpellier. “We wanted to preserve the site as much as possible,” Manal Rachdi, whose architecture firm worked on the project with Sou Fujimoto and Nicolas Laisné Associates, told Fast Company. “The idea is to have, in this urban landscape, a continuity from an existing park to our site.”

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