Excuse my rather ineloquent reaction but holy hell, check out this building.
It’s called Flower Tower and it’s without a doubt the greenest apartment building in all of Paris. Literally. Designed by renowned architect and green wall designer Edouard François, Flower Tower would be an otherwise humdrum, grey-toned housing block rising 10 stories from Rue Albert Rousell in the 17th Arrondissement if it weren’t for the building’s most distinguishing feature: 380 lush, potted bamboo plants lining the building’s balcony ledges.
Okay, so the name of the shrub-like building is inaccurate given that bamboo isn’t really a flower but I’m willing to forgive. The plants themselves — “forming a shaggy green corona around the building, like some unruly organic coiffure,” in the words of Architectural Review — are housed in a series of oversized concrete planters that are embedded into the structure so that they aren’t knocked off — whoops! — a balcony ledge by high winds or a clumsy resident after imbibing too many glasses of Lillet. A series of tubes running throughout the façade of the building supply water and fertilizer to the plants. However, I imagine that since bamboo grows quite rapidly, periodic trimming has to be performed by hand.