A living building
Its architecture stands out with its living building, whose geometry is formed by metallic structure beams, conceived to house medicinal herbal plants, fruit trees, and medium to large sized perennial species.
Designed as an exoskeleton, the building has a minimalist, light look, composed by prefabricated pieces – as in a building game.
“The edifice itself is the support for this vertical garden, which will grow and occupy the entire façade, turning the building into a vertical, medicinal forest, and becoming the main architecture," explains Olivier Raffaelli, Triptyque partner and architect designer of Villa M.
In addition to the reintegration of nature to the city through architecture, the living-building contributes with sustainability, since it collaborates with the thermal comfort and, therefore, with the building’s energetic efficiency.
“We have explored all of the available surfaces to potentialise the greenery and to avoid energy and carbon waste," says Gui Sibaud, Triptyque partner and architect designer of Villa M.
The environmental responsibility is also present in the basic and organic material choices, proposing a low-tech architecture.
Villa M’s design is intended for the architecture to bring nature back to the city, with the main goal to provide citizens with a new urbane experience with the advent of a 'nature-city'.
“Breathing, sunbathing, and connecting to nature are vital needs that the urban lifestyle is no longer able to guarantee," says partner Olivier Rafaëlli.
“To resist the urban expansion – unsustainable by nature – the city must provide this experience in addition to stimulating the correlation between external and internal spaces in built areas."
The building’s 8000m² occupation program also bring an innovative proposal: being a dedicated space for those who chose to help save lives – but open to everyone.
The mixed-use complex holds a hotel, restaurant, bar, conference area, a check-up area, a co-working space, and a showroom for start-ups in the world of health.