Eden Bio by Edouard Francois


Here are a couple of images of Eden Bio by French architect Edouard Francois, a social housing development in Paris set in organic gardens.

The project, which is due for completion early next year, features terraced houses ranged along pedestrain alleys heavily landscaped with trees and plants.

The development contains 100 social housing units, with the upper levels reached by external timber gantries and staircases surrounded by greenery.

Posted on Wednesday December 19th 2007 at 10:31 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Nice idea.

  • Kevin

    what a fantastically innovative way to not actually design anything.

  • rodger

    i agree, more of a landscape/urban concept than anything else, but i still like it.

  • roadkill

    i enjoy most of his work… but having some greenery around the building does not make it green… please just sell it for what it is – mildly interesting scheme with external staircases ‘through’ vegetation.

  • floyd landis

    Frank Lloyd Wright said ” a doctor can bury his mistakes, an architect can only suggest the planting of some vines”. Thanks for saving us the trouble.

  • AM

    That reminds me vaguely of James Wines for “Best Products”. 1975…..

  • mike

    what a load of rubbish!!! Where is the elevation?
    Anyone can photoshop a few trees and some random shapes behind and call it “architecture”

  • teddy tucker

    mike – Wait until it’s built and then decide if it’s rubbish. Of course there are elevations if it’s nearing completion.

    roadkill – what makes a building “green” has been for some time now a very blurry topic. I would argue that any project that makes as great efforts as those of Francois to connect people in an urban condition to plants (growth/seasons/decay) is a worthwhile investigation. When we eventually decide what “green” means we may find that it’s something more than the pursuit of new materials (which is arguably the current “green” mainstream’s m.o.).

  • UrbanDesigner

    Ok Ok Ok…

    I’ll play devil’s advocate.

    PERHAPS (and since there is no sectional elevation I can’t tell), those green swaths of ambiguous vegetation act as:

    1) storm water infiltration/attenuation features


    2)the assumption is the greenery acts as a heuristic device to educate the residents of their integration in/affect on nature


    3)by some sheer leap of faith the belief is that they provide solar insulation and reduce energy consumption for heat and cooling (ok that’s a stretch, but it seems oh so faux-green)

    An Aside: Is anyone else sick of photoshop renderings in-lieu of actual plans/elevations/sections? I know it’s conceptual. I know it’s landscape design. But seriously, looking at a faked perspective with hyper-colors only obfuscates and confuses a design. It’s mostly on purpose I assume to hide the lack of actual design (I know, I went through design school).

  • nique

    nice scheme. but a bit blur on the elevations and all. does anyone have a link for the project?

  • Arch

    Ken Yeang in his book Ecodesign, stated that one of the major hindrance in the design aspect of ‘green design’ is its fussy look/facade. I believe Jean Nouvel was able to hurdle this. His design for Musee du Quay Branly simply looked good with its 600 species of plants in its facade.

  • Arq. Natalio Tuzman

    Beautifull eco- or bio-arquitecture. Congatulations
    ¿Where I can see the “Torre de las Flores” in Paris? 2004
    Thank you.

  • Maria Adolphe

    What a fantastic design! We are Housing Professionals and are very keen to visit the development. Please could you contact us to arrange a visit.

    Thank you.

  • I like the design very much. As it is just fabulous :)

  • Elaine Edmonds

    I hate to judge a book by its cover or a project by its marketing materials (because lets be honest, thats what photoshop renderings are) but heres an Urban Designer and Environmental scientists POV-

    Ecologically positive provided the planting is appropriate though it could be encouraged to include edible landscapes in the project, esspecially considering its status as a SOCIAL housing project. Environmentally mediocre, no direct move to sustainability and in fact green walls would at least have provided an insulation factor and could possibly help lift the residents out of fuel poverty. Urban design wise, where are the active interfaces, they have become so blured in the planting that its hard to tell what is active and what is passive. The planting may add to legibility but a monotonous scheme would just create a neverending path (I can hear the cries of are we there yet already)… And is the planting scheme going to be controled or can people change their own space to allow for personalisation and a feeling of ownership wich is important in rental schemes.