36-Story Apartment Tower To Be Covered With Trees

November 18, 2015


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.







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!

  • TheQiwiMan

    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.

  • 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...

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