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Edouard François’s madcap forays into literally ‘green’ buildings continue apace with this residential tower in Nantes. The 17-storey structure is ringed with elliptical balconies implanted with chasmophites - plants that thrive in arid, rocky, mountainous situations.
Drawn from the collection of the Botanical Gardens in Nantes, the hardy, low-maintenance plants will be cultivated in long stainless-steel tubes attached to balconies, and in time will form a shaggy green corona around the building. Experiments are currently underway to test the viability of the planting arrangement. The green veil acts as a shading device and gives residents the sense of inhabiting a garden in the sky.