Arquitectura Viva
Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Sou Fujimoto / NL*A / OXO, L’Arbre Blanc Tower in Montpellier (France)

Of 17 floors and 10,000 square meters, the design of this iconic tower located by Lez River is inspired by the Mediterranean tradition of outdoor living, and is the result of the collaboration of the Japanese office with two young French studios. Located on a privileged spot, the tower seeks to become a new landmark. The limit between the interior and the exterior of the house is blurred in a versatile space where every resident selects the setting and preferred floor plan within the possible ones. As real trees do, the tower ‘absorbs’ local resources with the intention of drastically reducing the energy it needs. Passive strategies to induce comfort and scale back emissions will be used, and solar chimneys will passively cool the units.
AV Monografías 226 - SOU FUJIMOTO AV Monographs
analyzes in each issue a theme related to a city, a country, a tendency or an architect, with articles by leading specialists complemented by commentary on works and projects illustrated in detail. Published bilingually, with Spanish and English texts placed side by side.
Arquitectura Viva 227 - KAAN Arquitectura Viva
covers current topics, taking stock of recent trends in set sections: cover story, works and projects, art and culture, books, technique and innovation. From 2013 on, monthly and bilingual, with Spanish and English texts printed side by side.
AV Proyectos 99 - FOSTER+PARTNERS AV Proyectos
is the third member of the AV family: a bilingual publication essentially focussed on design projects (with special attention on competitions and construction details), heretofore only laterally dealt with in the other two magazines.
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