French firm planning Dubai 'Flower Tower'
Edouard Francois to create impression people surrounded by forest
A French architect is hoping to build the Middle East’s first skyscraper covered in trees and pot plants in Dubai.
Dubbed the ‘Flower Tower’, the concept would create the impression that residents are surrounded by forest – bringing greenery to apartments tens of metres from the ground.
French architect Edouard Francois already has constructed a nine-storey residential building using the design in Paris.
It includes plants built into façades and balconies and gardens blended with concrete and glass.
The idea will be presented in the UAE for the first time by Italian company Teracrea at the Outdoor Design Build & Supply Show at the Dubai World Trade Centre running from 25-27 March.
The company also will show plants and plant systems, clay and terracotta pots, vases, trellises, and hydroponics designed to be used in architecture and outdoor design.
Greenery is a growing concept in property development in the UAE in a bid to add colour to the country’s desert landscape.
Cities such as Dubai already have created multiple man-made water ways and planted millions of imported trees.
Dubai is aiming to cover one-quarter of the emirate – 38,000 hectares - in green space by 2025. In 2010, the government said it wanted to increase the amount of green space per person from 13m2 to 25m2.
GCC countries also are considering legislation that would require developers to include a minimum 25% of green space and outdoor landscaping in all residential and commercial projects.
However, the Flower Tower would be the first skyscraper to have greenery on its facade.