““It is so rare to see a city do this kind of project,” the London- and New York-based Adjaye explained at the press conference yesterday before leading a tour of the building. “It seems so obvious, but it is so lacking.” Built on a former brownfield site that most in the neighborhood had given up on, the towering new structure represents a unique community revitalization project that incorporates housing with educational and cultural facilities.
“This building is the epitome of everything we want to do with housing across the spectrum of incomes,” de Blasio said. As part of his ambitious goal of building and preserving 200,000 affordable housing units in the next decade, the Sugar Hill project also addresses another of the mayor’s passions—universal prekindergarten education for children throughout the five boroughs, a platform on which he ran in the November election and which was recently passed.” [via]
The City of Montpellier has chosen Sou Fujimoto Architects, Nicolas Laisné Associés and Manal Rachdi Oxo architects’ “White Tree (L’Arbre Blanc)” as winner of the “Architectural Folie of the 21st Century” competition. Inspired by the city’s tradition of outdoor living, and the efficient properties of a tree, the mixed-use residential tower will feed off locally available natural resources as it rises 17-stories and connects the new and old districts of Montpellier.
The 17-storey mixed-use tower will accommodate residential units, office space, an art gallery, restaurant and a panoramic bar. a cross-cultural endeavor, the scheme embodies today’s montpellier, with an integration of japanese and mediterranean styles. the structure is strategically located between the city center and the newly developed districts of port marianne and odysseum, midway between the old and new districts of the town.