This Tree-like Building Sprouts Balconies Instead of Branches

By Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan on at

This magical, 17-storey tower will soon rise in Montpellier, France, after Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto won a competition to design it this week. The complex's name? L'Arbre Blanc, or "the White Tree."

Its architects—Sou Fujimoto Architects, Nicolas Laisné Associés and Manal Rachdi Oxo architects—say this multipurpose tower is "inspired by the city's tradition of outdoor living and the efficient properties of a tree." It's been designed to have "apartments, a restaurant, an art gallery, offices, a bar with a panoramic view and a common area."