Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto has designed a compelling plan for a mixed-use tower in the south of France, based on the structure of a tree. Fujimoto’s 17-story structure, called the White Tree, is curved to offer the best views of the surrounding landscape--both to its own inhabitants and those of its neighbors, neither of whom want their sightline blocked. Balconies stretch chaotically out from the building like leaves growing toward the sun.
Fujimoto’s riverside tower, estimated to open around 2017, will house a penthouse bar, a ground-floor restaurant, art gallery, and offices in addition to apartments. The wide-open, expansive balconies are meant to encourage residents to step out into the sun.