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Soaring French Sky Gardens

The Occitanie Tower Will Be the City of Toulouse's First Skyscraper

— March 29, 2017 — Eco
By 2022 the city of Toulouse, France, will be home to the Occitanie Tower. The skyscraper is expected to stand 492 feet and will integrate plants and trees into its design. The firm behind the project is Studio Libeskind and the person who incorporated the greenery into the structure is landscape architect Nicolas Gilsou. Gilsou aptly describes the design as a "ribbon," with said ribbon stretching from the street to the top of the Occitanie Tower.

In addition to being a sky garden the Occitanie Tower will also feature office and commercial spaces, a Hilton hotel and residential units. It will be Toulouse's first skyscraper and could serve as a model for future architectural firms to follow. Cities around the world are pumping the brakes on skyscraper development. Buildings like the Occitanie Tower prove that new developments don't just have to be spirals or columns of glass and steel. They can also act as parks of sorts, offering visitors a unique combination of nature and an unbeatable view.
Trend Themes
1. Green Skyscrapers - The incorporation of plants and trees into skyscraper designs is a disruptive innovation opportunity to create more sustainable and eco-friendly urban environments.
2. Multi-purpose Buildings - The integration of office, commercial, hotel, and residential spaces in a single structure presents a disruptive innovation opportunity to maximize space and enhance convenience.
3. Nature-inspired Architecture - The use of architectural designs resembling ribbons and incorporating nature elements opens up a disruptive innovation opportunity to create visually stunning and harmonious urban landscapes.
Industry Implications
1. Architecture and Design - The architecture and design industry can leverage the trend of green skyscrapers and nature-inspired architecture to create innovative and sustainable urban structures.
2. Real Estate and Property Development - The real estate and property development industry can explore the trend of multi-purpose buildings to create versatile and profitable urban developments.
3. Hospitality and Tourism - The hospitality and tourism industry can capitalize on the trend of green skyscrapers to offer unique and eco-friendly hotel experiences with breathtaking views.
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