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Thursday, October 01, 2020

Farshid Moussavi, Folie Divine in Montpellier (France)

The London studio of Farshid Moussavi has built this residential tower of sinuous contours in the Port Marianne district of Montpellier, within the Jardins de la Lironde, an urban development area masterplanned by Christian de Portzamparc. With a built area of 2,740 square meters, the building provides 36 apartments on nine floors, and they open onto balconies in different directions. The design of Folie Divine questions what is commonly understood as luxury, which tends to be associated with premium-range materials. It proposes a variety of uses of any single space, flexibility in reconfiguring it, and the possibility of expanding it outward in the future. The volume of the tower is molded by long balconies positioned in such way that each has a 180º view of the surroundings, but never of the neighboring balcony, ensuring privacy for residents. The building is clad with corrugated panels of anodized aluminum, glass, and textile, which adapt to the curvature of the facade.
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