Sou Fujimoto’s White Tree

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Set to dominate Montpellier, France’s skyline, Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto’s latest design has been aptly dubbed the “White Tree” (or “Arbre Blanc” in French). The 17-story mixed-use building will feature residential, commercial and office space as well as an art gallery. Structurally, the building resembles a tree with each unit representing a branch and its balcony acting as a leaf. Aesthetically, the building draws equally from crisp Mediterranean design as well as Japanese modular pragmatism. For tenants, floor plans are a largely open concept, allowing each resident to utilize their space as it best suits their particular needs.