French firm planning Dubai "Flower Tower"

Floral building would be the Middle East's first skyscraper covered in trees and pot plants

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 March 25-27th.

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 13 square metres to 25sqm.

GCC countries also are considering legislation that would require developers to include a minimum 25 per cent 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.

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Posted by: Babar Siddiqui

Its all very nice... but if the building is covered will plants all around, how will natural light enter?

Won't it be all dull and gloomy? I am a nature lover and would love to be surrounded by green... but not at the cost of sacrifcing my daily dose of sunlight!

Posted by: Paul

Botanica Tower in Dubai Marina already has a dedicated floor with a Sky Garden with Palm trees, plants, grass...

Posted by: Observer

I think the new Novotel on SZR near the Palm exit has already beaten them to it. Look at their podium car park.

Posted by: Mac

Very true, though the pot sizes are smaller compared to the pic posted here.

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