The curved typology makes the rooftop garden on the second floor inviting and accessible for residents, where a workshop and diverse botanical garden will also be located. The exterior façade’s distinct grey colour is made from three different textures, and gradations in its colouring resemble rock formations found in a natural landscape. To accentuate the façade, the movement and support flow curves off the frame and opens on the external façades, giving the building extra height. The interior façades, on the other hand, are cut to offer as many terraces as possible. The vertical openings amplify the developing height making the building stand out from a distance. The design idea was to create more cohesion with defined volume instead of individual and smaller units. The building’s distinct identity is in-keeping with the surrounding area’s landscape and at the heart of this development, a public square extending through steps along the riverbanks and creating a buzzing area for dining, socialising and taking in views of the adjacent floating garden, Jardin de Confluence.
The development project of Ilot de l’Octroi saw five teams of internationally renowned architects; Aires Mateus, LIN, MVRDV, Vergely and Zucchi all compete, with the team led by MVRDV-ALL-Giboire selected for their winning design.