In their first residential project in Europe, Beijing studio MAD has revealed plans for UNIC, a curvy housing building in Paris. The 160-foot high tower is set on a whole city block and is surrounded by undulating balconies that allow residents to enjoy the Paris skyline--the uppermost floors of the 13-story building will have views of the Eiffel Tower.
UNIC will be located in the developing Clichy-Batignolles neighborhood, and was designed in collaboration with local firm Accueil-Biecher Architectes as part of an international design competition.
"UNIC is a creative and iconic residential project united with the community," said MAD's founder Ma Yansong.
The balconies decrease in scale as the building gets taller, which creates a stepped outline. Residents will have access to private and public balcony spaces. The building is sited beside the Martin Luther King Park, and so the terraces will be planted with trees in an attempt to extend the park upwards.
"The floating and upward-growing form responds to an organic scheme," said MAD. "Representing stacked courtyards, the distance between human and nature is collapsed. The resulting design enhances everyday community relations among a diverse socio-economic neighborhood."