Sou Fujimoto's White Tree
on 15 March 2014
Set to dominate Montpellier, France's skyline, Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto's latest design has been aptly dubbed the "White Tree" (or "Arbre Blanc" in French). The 17-story mixed-use building will feature residential, commercial and office space as well as an art gallery. Structurally, the building resembles a tree with each unit representing a branch and its balcony acting as a leaf. Aesthetically, the building draws equally from crisp Mediterranean design as well as Japanese modular pragmatism. For tenants, floor plans are a largely open concept, allowing each resident to utilize their space as it best suits their particular needs.