Glazed skyscraper to be wrapped in green


Construction on the Occitanie Tower, a new mixed-use skyscraper for Toulouse, France, that features glazed facade broken up by greenery is due to begin in 2018 and completion is expected by 2022.

The Occitanie Tower will rise to a height of 150 m (492 ft) and include 11,000 sq m (118,403 sq ft) of office space, a Hilton hotel, up to 120 plush apartments and a restaurant. Retail space and some additional ground floor office space is also planned.

The tower’s sculpted glazed facade is broken up by a ‘ribbon’ of greenery rising from street-level to the top, designed by landscape architect Nicolas Gilsoul. A number of vertical gardens  would offer occupants plenty of outdoor space and views towards the Pyrenees mountain range at various points.

Located on the site of a former postal sorting office in Toulouse’s business district, Occitanie Tower will be the city’s first skyscraper. Local architect Francis Cardete is also involved in the project and it’s being developed by Compagnie de Phalsbourg.