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Property Developments in France Awarded for Innovation and Quality


The Pyramides d’Or is a prize awarded each year by the National Federation of Property Developers to the most innovative and impressive new property developments in France. This year’s winners include a stunning example of organic architecture in Montpellier. 

The FPI created the Pyramides d’Or/Argent to recognise outstanding innovation and architecture through France. One of the winning regional developments (awarded the Argent) goes on to be crowned the national winner – the Pyramide d’Or – at the FPI’s conference later in the year.

The criteria for selection are four-fold. Integration into surrounding urban area; quality of daily life for inhabitants and neighbours; qualities of social inclusion, and aspects relating to the environment and connectivity are all taken into account when deciding the winner.

The winner of the southern Occitanie region is the l’Arbre Blanc (White Tree) project under construction in Montpellier. Pictured above, it is a 17-story aesthetic masterpiece, with 113 apartments that will each have their own protruding balcony of between 18 and 42 m2. The facade will contain two and a half times the minimum requirement of window coverage, allowing for plenty of natural light to go with the buildings natural look. Properties will go for €5,500 per square meter on the market.

Meanwhile, a development mixing residential and commercial real estate in Nantes won the prize for the Grand Est region. Ilink, which can be viewed in the video below, is a 22,000 m2 site set to be completed in the third quarter of this year. Vinci, Ardiss, Adim Ouest and Harmony Habitat are the developers bringing it to life, while it was designed by Block Guine Potin and Explorations Architecture.

Buildings will be between five and nine stories tall, and will house offices, commercial space and 186 residential properties with a mix of price ranges. Some 20% of them will go for €2,590 per m2 to disadvantaged families, while the rest will be priced between €3,640 and €4,350 per m2.

These two developments will fight it out with a dozen others to be awarded the Pyramide d’Or at this year’s annual FPI national conference on July 5 & 6.

title image: L’Arbre Blanc, Montpellier © Promeo & Evolis – Sou Fujimoto – Laisné Roussel & Oxo Architects


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