- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
Last edited 04 Apr 2017
Occitanie Tower, Toulouse
[Image © MORPH]
In March 2017, Studio Libeskind revealed their designs for a new high-rise building for the heart of the business sector of Toulouse, France. The sculpted Occitanie Tower will rise 150 m above the Canal du Midi, and is set to be the first skyscraper in the city.
[Image © Luxigon]
Integrated into the overall form of the building, the façade and public platform is a continuous vertical landscape. The platform of the building with be lined with trees, while a ribbon of gardens will curl around the glass facade to its full height. The vertical gardens will be designed by andscape architect Nicolas Gilsoul.
The tower includes 11,000 sq. m of office space, a Hilton hotel, up to 120 apartments, a restaurant with panoramic views, commercial space for shops, and offices on the ground floor for railway company SNCF.
Situated to the east of the city centre, away from the Garonne River, the building will have views towards the Pyrenees, that are less than 100 km away. The project will become the gateway to the city’s growing business sector.
[Image © Luxigon]
Daniel Libeskind said:
“With its suspended gardens that change color during the seasons, the slight silvertine of the glazing of the façade will reflect the pink tones of Toulouse and the brightness of this material will change perception of the space, according to the variation of light.
“The tower becomes a unique object in a vast urban space – the tower will not only become a destination, but also a defining public space.”
Content and images courtesy of Studio Libeskind.
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
Featured articles and news
The Isle of Man’s naturally-occurring materials and distinctive building techniques.
BRE partner with Global GreenTag to develop an Ethical Labour Sourcing Standard for Australia.
The Chartered Quality Institute explain the pathway to success for organisations implementing management systems.
An introductory article looking at where a duty of care can arise in the construction industry.
House of Lords committee encourages the use of off-site manufacturing in new report.
Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) can go some way to show the impact of new buildings on their surroundings.
The shortlist for the 2018 prize for the UK's best new building is revealed.
Amendment to Bill aims to provide councils with greater powers to increase tax premiums on empty homes.
As the latest summer blockbuster 'Skyscraper' is released, we look at some of the best uses of buildings in film.
Read our introductory article on how to layout a building.