The Village Green: Reimagining The High-Rise

It must be something in the air — last week, we brought you Richard Black’s Symbiotic Building concept, which essentially seeks to combine the modern office environment with a greenhouse. Today, we bring you a high-rise in France’s Boulogne-Billancourt reimagined as an urban eco-village, bursting with greenery.

The Natural Evolution building proposal (which comes to us via eVolo) was developed in response for the increasing need for high-density housing in urban areas. In accordance with that vision, it was developed for Boulogne-Billancourt, the most populous suburb of Paris and one of the most densely populated municipalities in all of Europe. The idea here is to reconcile the concepts of high-density housing and quality of life through a return to the fundamental concept of human habitation: the village.

 

Natural Evolution, Boulogne-Billancourt

image via eVolo

Several layers assembled along the vertical axis form the building’s basic structure; these layers are connected via a vertical “street.” Living areas with high ceilings feel more like houses than apartments, and plenty of glass lets in an abundance of natural light while creating a sense of connection to the outdoors. But perhaps the most notable aspect of the design is its use of gardens; through a true extension of the building’s substrates, spaces are created for natural soil to be loaded in to depths of at least 3 meters (9 feet). Beyond your average landscaping and vegetable gardens, these planted areas allow for actual trees planted in the building itself. These trees act as a sunscreen, as well as a protection against wind, noise, and pollution.

In keeping with the village concept, Natural Evolution is organized around a series of common areas that are meeting places, places of exchange. These common areas are incorporated into the planted squares of the building and incorporate play areas for children.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

  • Hajibut

    Nice concept however no climbing of trees should be allowed!

  • Twentydollarart

    Very pretty rendering , what happens on the north side 
    of your giant tower. I will tell you , no trees , nothing will grow on that side. Then it is just another ugly tower that folks don’t getto live humane lives in.