São Paulo is one of the world's most densely populated cities and desperately in need of a splash of green. To that end, Jean Nouvel recently unveiled plans for a 22-story tower covered in greenery for the city's Cidade Matarazzo, a 27,000-square-meter heritage-listed site. The waffle-like structure would function as a green oasis and a mini-town dominated by different species of trees such as figs and magnolias.
The project, called Rosewood Tower, will act as a centerpiece of the site being restored by Allard Group. It will contain a hotel and residential units, with 151 guest rooms and 122 residential suites all nestled amidst a vertical landscape. The nearly 100-meter-tall tower will develop at different levels, forming terraces and large gardens with small and medium-sized trees.
“Matarazzo Park is a remnant. More than a remnant, I would say it’s an oasis. It’s a space of calm urbanisation. A space of incredible trees: figs and magnolias. The hospital in the middle of the grounds is a sort of mini-town, very well organised around patios. Surrounding this little gem is a chaotic metropolis. What is most interesting for me is being able to work with the memory of the place,” said Jean Nouvel in a press release. The structure is expected to be complete by the end of 2018.