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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Tour végétale de Nantes in France by Edouard François

July 31st, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Edouard François

This operation situated in the future eco-neighborhoods, Prairie-au-Duc, in Nantes, is unique in particular because of its height. Its main challenge is to (re) create the desire to live in tall buildings, in a remarkable setting in the heart of the town.

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  • Architect: Edouard François
  • Name of Project: Tour végétale de Nantes
  • Location: Nantes, France
  • Client: Groupe Giboire
  • Planning: Concours Déc. 2009 – Livraison 2012

This mixt project consists of a base of shops and parking, on which is placed in a black rubber cube of offices and a housing tower of 17 storey (60m). The tower consists of a main body ringed by elliptic balconies. The balconies vary from floor to floor to form a giant organic silhouette.

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The tower is the support for a collection of  chasmophites plants coming from the collections of the botabical  gardens of Nantes. These plants have been collected by scientists from the whole world and frozen. The building will show the  plant collection of the city.

Exterior View

The originality of the plantation is to grow in long stainless steel tubes (diameter 12cm / length : 4meters  ). These tubes recreate the natural conditions of the chasmpophite plants that grow in rocky mountain flaws. A scientific experiment is currently underway for over a year in the botanical gardens of Nantes, to test the viability of the plantation process.

Exterior View

The result of this experimentation shows that  the growth of plants is exceptional for a very low water consumption. The impact of the tubes on the balconies is minimal. On the other hand on the  facades, they form vertical dynamic lines.


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Tour végétale de Nantes

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Plan RDC


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