Flashback: Tower Flower / Edouard François

  • 25 Jun 2012
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Architects: Edouard François
Project Area: 2,600 sqm
Project Year: 2004
Photographs: Courtesy of Edouard François

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The Flower Tower was completed in 2004.

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Christian de Portzamparc, architect in charge of the urban regeneration zone of Hauts Malesherbes, had given us a carte blanche.

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The tower is the vertical continuation of an adjacent park. Its giant flower pots, hanging from the balconies, were inspired by Parisian window planters that can be in themselves botanical treasures. These façade elements were one of the first applications of Ductal (by Lafarge). The social housing is freed of all bearing walls. The inhabitants enjoy the rustling of bamboo and a light filtered by the foliage. The elevator is on the façade and, glazed on both sides, it allows light to penetrate into the common areas. On the ground floor, it opens to the outside, transforming the exterior into a hall.

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The Flower Tower embodies the expression of desire for nature in the city.


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Cite: "Flashback: Tower Flower / Edouard François" 25 Jun 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 24 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=245014>
  • H-J

    The model is amazing.

  • jan adegeest

    The project too. Out of all those “green” design that actually got build. Simple and effective.

  • Peter Gerhard

    Can Arch Daily please STOP romoting these ludicrous planted facades and rooftops. Any design professional with a career behind them or anyone with any knowledge of horticulture knows that plantings take a lot of care and, frankly, most people are just not capable/interested in maintaining them. Look around at the much lauded planer boxes of the 1960s on buildings and public spaces if you don’t agree.