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For the "Imagine Angers" international design competition, Vincent Callebaut Architectures worked in collaboration with Bouygues Immobilier group to submit a proposal for the French city at the intersection of social and technological innovation, with a focus on ecology and hospitality. Named Arboricole, meaning “tree” and “cultivation,” this live-work-play environment gives back as much to the environment as it does its users. Although WY-TO prevailed in the competition, the Callebaut scheme succeeded in winning the public vote. For the Callebaut scheme's design process, inspiration began with Angers, the European plant capital, and Gambetta, the historic site with iconic views over the city center. The vision for the scheme was to create a unique living environment in the form of a vertical forest, integrating biodiversity into the ecosystem-like project by using the five principles of biophilic architecture. Biometrics is omnipresent in this work of living architecture. From views of the Angevin landscape, to the biomorphic shape of the building itself, to slight changes in the thermal environment and the use of natural materials - this creation is a full-body nature experience. View more View full description
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