Manal Rachdi and Nicolas Laisné, who run their own practices, decided to call on the Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto. To get the project off the ground, Manal Rachdi, Nicolas Laisné and his young partner Dimitri Roussel flew to Tokyo in summer 2013. For five days, they shut themselves away in Fujimoto’s studio for intensive workshop sessions. To reinvent the tower, the architects focused on the human dimension, creating public spaces at the bottom and top of the building: the ground floor is a glass-walled space opening out onto the street, while on the roof there is a bar open to the public and a common area for residents, so that even the owners of first-floor apartments can enjoy the view.
AN ARCHITECTURAL FEAT THAT PROMOTES OUTDOOR LIVING
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