36-Story Apartment Tower To Be Covered With Trees

November 18, 2015

tree-apartment-building-1.jpg

This is the "La Tour des Cedres" (The Tower of Cedars) to be built in Lausanne, Switzerland. In addition to its human residents, the 384-foot tall (117m) apartment complex will house over 100 trees, 6,000 shrubs and 18,000 plants. My apartment building? It houses over 60 withering houseplants, 40 f***ing weirdos, at least two witches, and a suspected serial killer. If I wasn't so terrified to ever leave my apartment I would move.

The plants will protect the apartments inside from harsh winds, dust, and noise pollution, and will offer a more pleasant view of the city.

The plants will not, however, protect the apartments from getting their balconies constantly covered in bird shit. Speaking of -- raise your hand if you've ever had a bird shit on you. Now everybody look around. The people with their hands raised have what is commonly known as 'bad luck'. Or birds hate them. A bird tried pooping on me once but I was wearing a hat so it kind of ricocheted off the bill and all over my girlfriend's shoulder and arm. I laughed so hard she broke up with me, true story.

Keep going for a bunch more renderings.

tree-apartment-building-2.jpg

tree-apartment-building-3.jpg

tree-apartment-building-4.jpg

tree-apartment-building-5.jpg

tree-apartment-building-6.jpg

tree-apartment-building-7.jpg

Thanks to Allyson, who just wants to live in a treehouse. Amen to that.

  • archer923

    Real life Jenga.

  • Spider Byt3s

    This just in! 36 story building to be covered in trees and.... Bird shit! Stay tuned!

  • Apparently in Lausanne, Switzerland they never get wind stronger than a newborn baby's fart? Deep rooted trees = nightmare on plumbing/architectural strength, shallow-rooted trees = falling trees of death and property damage.

    Also interested in reading a follow-up article in a few years.

  • lak

    Last pictures are the 'bosco verticale' building in Italy.
    http://www.international-hi...

  • Munihausen

    SimCity 2k Arcologies, anyone? Cool concept, trees probably too big as previously noted.

  • The Magnificent Newtboy

    That's a lovely idea, but the amount of labour involved in keeping those trees trimmed would be incredible. That said if you are rich enough to afford to pay a trapeze artist / tree surgeon then there are far worse things you waste your money on.

  • GW, the last 3 pictures are of two buildings in Milan.
    Pay attention.

  • Grob

    idiots. there's gonna be spiders EVERYWHERE

  • That's all I could think! All the amenities of living in a highrise... PLUS MILLIONS OF SPIDERS!

  • Jenness

    These are pretty big trees to not have a root issue with them - I guess they have a certain shallow or limited root structure to be able to thrive in limited depth soil. Interesting - would have liked to see some nighttime renderings and one where all the trees had lights put on them. *snaps fingers* Make that happen for me knaves!

  • Completely what I thought as well. Looks absolutely beautiful, but I can't wait to see what GW does with the "Tree-Covered Swiss Apartment Building's Walls Explode in Root-Balled Apocalyptic Fury" story in five years...

blog comments powered by Disqus
Previous Post
Next Post