Everyone wants to be surrounded by at least some green, particularly in a typical all-too-gray urban environment. There are many complex green residential buildings with everything from park-like rooftops to living walls. One designer went with a simpler solution that is profound in its elemental environmental elegance.


Edouard Francois is a green architect with a reputation for radical designs that challenge conventions by blending the innovative with the traditional, elegantly modern with sustainably simple. This apartment tower is one such example, featuring flower pots built in at each level to surround and shade the entire structure in green.


His other work incorporates natural elements and raw materials in curious ways, often blurring the boundary between natural and manmade with rough-hewn wood slats or entirely green growing facades. Perhaps most impressive, his designs seem livable as well as sustainable – one could actually imagine wanting to live in his fantastical green design solutions.