The design deals with a social and cultural meeting point in the form of a vertical urban landscape, placed in the heart of Paris. The high rise consists of an array which quotes iconic buildings from various European cities, eras and the associated manifold cultural identities. The intention is to provide a vertical landmark, visible for all; an invitation for everyone to experience and share their cultures and thereby highlight the value of multiculturalism.
The flexible architecture of the building is structurally framed by an exoskeleton. The inspiration is a glass sponge living on the floor of the ocean for more than 500 million years. Thanks to its refined hierarchical structure the glass skeleton is extremely light and robust.