“White Tree” is an imaginative structure crafted by Sou Fujimoto Architects, along with Nicolas Laisné Associés and OXO Architects. Influenced by both Japanese and Mediterranean styles, the 17-storey mixed-use tower will accommodate residential units, office space, an art gallery, restaurant and a panoramic bar. This 10,000 square meter structure grows organically out of the ground, with a natural form that looks like tree branches. The various “branches” or decks provide shade for adjacent properties, and the architects imagined it as a vertical garden. Each of the highrise’s residents will select a preferred floor plan from a list of possible layouts, encouraging ‘free choice architecture’ with a series of modular spaces. The tower devises passive strategies throughout its design in order to ensure a comfortable and livable environment that feeds off locally available resources.