Sou Fujimoto and Laisné Roussel unveil plans for a new vegetated tower complex in the south of France

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(Courtesy Sou Fujimoto Architects and Laisné Roussel. Rendering by Morph)

(Courtesy Sou Fujimoto Architects and Laisné Roussel. Rendering by Morph)

Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto in collaboration with French firm Laisné Roussel have released plans for an 183,000-square-foot vegetated tower complex in Bordeaux. Titled “Canopia,” the project comes after the RéInventer Paris scheme that saw Fujimoto and others respond to the task of reimagining the French capital with more vegetated proposals.

(Courtesy Sou Fujimoto Architects and Laisné Roussel. Rendering by Morph)

(Courtesy Sou Fujimoto Architects and Laisné Roussel. Rendering by Morph)

In what appears to be a growing trend, green towers are sprouting up in Milan and Singapore courtesy of Stefano Boeri and WOHA, respectively. This mixed-use scheme sees four wooden towers, all bursting with trees and other plant life, rising to 164 feet. The lower levels will house retail space and offices with apartments. Above will be apartments with private balconies.

(Courtesy Sou Fujimoto Architects and Laisné Roussel. Rendering by Morph)

(Courtesy Sou Fujimoto Architects and Laisné Roussel. Rendering by Morph)

Bordeaux City officials had invited Sou Fujimoto and Laisné Roussel to submit a proposal as part of a much wider 8.5 million square foot masterplan known as Euratlantique. The masterplan centers on the south eastern part of Bourdeaux where the Saint-Jean railway station will receive a new high-speed rail connection to Paris. With the new connection, Bordeaux hopes to establish itself as a major European city.

(Courtesy Sou Fujimoto Architects and Laisné Roussel)

(Courtesy Sou Fujimoto Architects and Laisné Roussel)

Four vibrant roof gardens are located at the towers’ peaks. Connectivity is a recurring theme within the project; staircases and other interior walkways are often prominently featured on the facade. Elongated timber needles connect the terraces.

(Courtesy Sou Fujimoto Architects and Laisné Roussel. Rendering by Tamas Fisher)

(Courtesy Sou Fujimoto Architects and Laisné Roussel. Rendering by Tamas Fisher)

“Particular attention has been paid to delivering quality shared spaces, both on the fringes of the site with the terrace gardens, or at the heart of the development with the green oasis,” said the design team.

(Courtesy Sou Fujimoto Architects and Laisné Roussel)

(Courtesy Sou Fujimoto Architects and Laisné Roussel)

In addition to acting as social spaces, the rooftops feature vegetable allotments, fruit trees, vines, a compost area, water reservoirs, winter garden, and a restaurant.

(Courtesy Sou Fujimoto Architects and Laisné Roussel)

(Courtesy Sou Fujimoto Architects and Laisné Roussel)

In terms of structure, the building’s timber frame comprises silver fir and spruce. Glu-lam wooden braces stabilize the building frame.

(Courtesy Sou Fujimoto Architects and Laisné Roussel)

(Courtesy Sou Fujimoto Architects and Laisné Roussel)

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