Lot 2, Jardins de la Lironde by
Farshid Moussavi Architecture

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London firm Farshid Moussavi Architecture has won a competition to design an apartment block in Montpellier with designs for a tower made from a stack of rippling floor plates.

Lot 2, Jardins de la Lironde by Farshid Moussavi Architecture

The Jardins de la Lironde tower will comprise eleven irregularly shaped levels, arranged in a seemingly random order to create balconies on different sides of the building.

Lot 2, Jardins de la Lironde by Farshid Moussavi Architecture

A total of 36 apartments will be contained within the upper storeys of the building, while a restaurant will occupy the ground floor.

Lot 2, Jardins de la Lironde by Farshid Moussavi Architecture

Lot 2, Jardins de la Lironde, is the first of 12 new buildings planned for the Port Marianne district. The brief for every structure is to create a "modern folly" that references the eighteenth-century chateaux built by wealthy merchants around Montpellier.

Lot 2, Jardins de la Lironde by Farshid Moussavi Architecture

Farshid Moussavi Architecture will continue to work on the next stages of the project and construction is set to begin in 2014.

Lot 2, Jardins de la Lironde by Farshid Moussavi Architecture

Above: typologies diagram

Iranian-born architect Farshid Moussavi launched her studio in 2011, after 16 years as co-director of Foreign Office Architects. Since then she has also won a competition to design housing outside Paris and completed the mirror-clad Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland.

Other recent projects in Montpellier include a government building designed by Zaha Hadid and a school for hotel management by Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas. See more architecture in Montpellier.

Lot 2, Jardins de la Lironde by Farshid Moussavi Architecture

Above: unit layout one

Lot 2, Jardins de la Lironde by Farshid Moussavi Architecture

Above: unit layout two

Lot 2, Jardins de la Lironde by Farshid Moussavi Architecture

Above: unit layout three

Lot 2, Jardins de la Lironde by Farshid Moussavi Architecture

Above: unit layout four

  • arch student

    Try putting a closet in a bedroom or a TV in a living room. Horrible plans IMO :)
    Unit layout three: upper right apartment in particular!

    The solution: don’t draw the beds in the bedrooms when selling.
    http://www.dezeen.com/2012/12/12/absolute-towers-

    Just kidding of course :)

  • Hmmm

    It’s always a bit funny when you try to stuff rectilinear rooms into an amoebic plan form. Also, circular fire escape stairs – smells of student project to me. I’m not sure about France but that would not be safe in most countries!

  • Crack

    Great renders. It’s a shame the re-touched people have been eating Kryptonite.

  • Alvaro

    Dear student, you should print the plans and put a closet on every room as an exercise. Most of them have it already, and those that don’t, they have a 60 cm width area next to the door for the closet as you’ll see.

    You can also try fitting a TV in the living room, but if you are a TV consumer, the first thing you’ll do is remove the second large sofa as you want to face the TV with it. You can choose to put the TV on the wall, use the wall for video projections or have it free standing by the terrace window. The smartest option though would be not to have a TV at all.

    Instead of removing the beds from the plans, what people normally do is to draw a double bed in one bedroom and single beds in the rest of them. In these plans all the rooms have a double bed and you can walk around them, which is quite generous considering the tight dimensions that developers request for average market housing.

    Also, circular escape stairs are accepted and suggested by code in France, but it’s easier to post here than doing some research. Fire and housing codes in France are quite strict, all the units must be PRM adapted, and these plans seem to comply with them.

    However, don’t forget that this is a competition entry and I am sure the project will get better at further stages.

  • http://www.aurelia-m.com aurelia-m

    J’aime beaucoup ce projet architectural. Enfin des rondeurs et de l’excentricité!! Bravo aux étudiants français :)

  • Norberto Silva

    There is a building in Maia, Portugal, just like this one!