TOWER OF BIODIVERSITY, Paris - a high rise building as a green guerilla: project architect Edouard François

Greening the City goes further... From 2014 on Paris will have a green guerilla high rise building.

The Tower of Biodiversity by architect Edouard François is part of a program of 4 residential buildings, a nursary and retail. It is located in Paris in the 13th arrondissement, an inner city district. It will be finished in 2014. It will be a so called rise building, also it is with its 50 m not that high - but it is an exeption for Paris to the 37 meter building height restriction in Paris.

The building will be covered with plants from wild natural areas, and will be a tool for seeding: it allows the wind to spread class one purebred seeds into the urban environment. Its height is a key element for its capacity to regenerate urban biodiversity. Its titanium cladding generates moiré patterns that give it a subtle, fluctuating character. The tower is thus not only a tool for neighborhood development but also a tool for development on a bigger scale as it distills a "green" aura to the Parisian cityscape.

The green vegetal façade of the tower extends over the center of the block to the surrounding buildings. These smaller buildings are simpler, with metal facades in zinc and aluminum. They are placed at the corners of the block, allowing for the pedestrian to stroll through a calm, protected garden filled with low vegetation, as if outside of the city.

Developer:  PARIS HABITAT DPOS
Area: 13 830 M² NET FLOOR AREA
Budget: 26 M € SCHEDULE COMPETITION 2010,
Construction permit: 2012,
Delivery: 2014