Photo Courtesy of Service de l’Urbanisme – Chavannes-près-Renens
The Tour des Cèdres in Lausanne
Lausanne in Switzerland is set to become home to a “hanging tower of Babylon” tower block. When plans by Italian architect Stefano Boeri come to fruition the tower will stand 36 floors high and will be covered in greenery. The project’s name is the Tour des Cèdres or the “Cedar Tree Tower” project.
Boeri has trialled the idea of a “vertical tower” with a couple of tower blocks in Milan and now it’s the turn of Switzerland. He claims that the predominantly residential building in the Chavannes-Près-Renens district of Lausanne will be the first tower in the world to be covered with evergreen trees.
The tower will be 117 metres tall and as well as housing apartments and offices there will be a gym and a panoramic restaurant on the top floor.
The exterior boxes on the building will be filled with green plants including the coniferous cedars which give the project its name, La Tour des Cèdres, or The Cedar Trees Tower. The idea is that the trees’ leaves will absorb carbon dioxide and help improve Lausanne’s air quality. The tower will be planted with 18,000 plants including 6,000 shrubs and 100 cedar trees with greenery totalling approximately 3,000 square metres.
Building on the Tour de Cedres is is due to begin in 2017.
The Prime Tower at 126 metres used to be the tallest building in Zurich and indeed in Switzerland but in September 2015 it was overtaken by Buidling 1, the Roche Tower in Basel which stands 178 metre high. The tallest building in the world at the moment is the 828 metre Burj Khalifa in the United Arab Emirate of Dubai.
For more information on Prime Tower and other notable building in Switzerland read here.
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