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Video: The White Tree Of Montpellier: An Incredible Building Mixing Two Cultures
In our article of the day, we would like to draw your attention to an emblematic project, a living symbol of contemporary Montpellier. As you probably already suspect, this is the White Tree of Montpellier, an incredible all white building, located on the banks of the Lez. After four years of work, the first apartments (112 in total) have just been delivered to their owners. This new architectural curiosity of Montpellier rises 50 meters high, has a total of 16 floors and leaves passers-by speechless with its 193 balconies suspended above the void, reminiscent of the branches of a tree. L'Arbre blanc is the name its architects and developers have given to this spectacular new residential complex.
L'Arbre blanc de Montpellier: an exceptional encounter between Japan and the Mediterranean
The idea of the White Tree of Montpellier embodies the exceptional encounter between Japan and the Mediterranean. It germinated in the imaginations of five engineers: the Japanese Sou Fujimoto, of which it is the first project in France, and the French Marie de France, Nicolas Laisné, Dimitri Roussel and Manal Rachdi. The building, whose dazzling whiteness embodying southern stones, combines with the purity and refinement of Japanese culture, becoming a true icon of the Montpellier of tomorrow.
Located on the banks of the Lez River, on the border between the historic old town and the new districts, the White Tree occupies a strategic position for the city of Montpellier. The majestic building offers all residents an exceptional view, while fitting perfectly into the Montpellier skyline.
As the architects of the White Tree share the same idea that architecture is a question of coherence, they imagined a concept whose architecture and habitat are related to its place. Inspired by the climate of Montpellier, the architects created an elegant and daring habitat where conviviality, abundant light and the feeling of space reign.
The mix of cultures from Japan and the Mediterranean gave life to a hybrid architecture, interweaving the common points between the Land of the Rising Sun and France, and in particular art, tradition and aesthetic sense.
It is curious to know that the White Tree extends over an area of 10,000 m2. On the ground floor, there will be a small art center as well as a gourmet restaurant. In addition, a panoramic bar on the 17th floor will offer a magnificent view of the city, the sea and the region. For your information, the bar and restaurant will also be open to walkers and tourists. The architects emphasize that all co-owners, regardless of the floor of their home, will be able to enjoy the view of the building.
* The White Tree of Montpellier: a collaborative project signed: Sou Fujimoto; Marie from France; Nicolas Laisné; Dimitri Roussel and Manal Rachdi