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Urban greenery: High-rise building for biological diversity in Paris

Maison Edouard François: M6B2 Tower of Biodiversity © Pierre L’Excellent
Maison Edouard François: M6B2 Tower of Biodiversity
© Pierre L’Excellent

Incorporating green areas into cities that are becoming more cramped and larger all the time is a current theme that preoccupies architects and city planners. The relationship between the building height and sustainable greenery is a particularly exciting aspect here – a new high-rise building in Paris by the French architect Edouard François demonstrates this.

A sustainable concept for incorporating green areas within the Paris urban space is the aim behind the “M6B2 Tower of Biodiversity”. The 50 metre high residential tower was completed last year and diverse greenery was planted. However, not only the inhabitants are supposed to benefit from the budding facade, but also the environment that lacks greenery: The wind is to distribute the seeds of the plants across the urban environment. The height of the building is decisive for the distribution of the plants.

To ensure the undisturbed growth of the plants, the facade of the high-rise building is covered with titanium mesh, which creates flowing Moiré patterns. In addition to fast-growing vines, conifers and oak trees form the green drape that is to extend gradually – over the levels of the tower as well as over the smaller block development and the further surroundings. As such, the high-rise building not only aids the formation of neighbourhoods, but also the urban development in a larger dimension. In this way, the architect’s office Maison Edouard François wants to lend the urban area in Paris a “green aura”.

 

Maison Edouard François: M6B2 Tower of Biodiversity, Rendering © Maison Edouard François

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