‘Stack of rippling floor plates’ tower designed for France


Farshud Moussavi Architecture, a London-based studio, has won a competition to design an apartment block in Montpellier, France that is made from a stack of rippling floor plates.

Jardins de la Lironde will comprise 11 irregularly shaped levels which are arranged in a random order, creating balconies on different sides of the building.

36 apartments will take up the upper storeys of the building with a restaurant on the ground floor.


Lot 2, Jardins de la Lironde will be the first of 12 buildings planned for the Port Marianne district with the brief for every structure to create a “modern folly” that references the eighteenth century chateaux built by the wealthy merchants around Montpellier.

With construction planned for 2014, Farshid Moussavi Architecture will continue to work on the next stages of the project.

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