new kind of plant takes root in the heart of the contemporary district Port Marianne ! L'Arbre Blanc, a building designed by architects Sou Fujimoto, Nicolas Laisné and Manal Rachdi, will welcome its first inhabitants in September 2018. The good news is that this ambitious architectural project will welcome two great chefs who have joined together for the biggest pleasure of our taste buds.
Charles FONTES (chef of the 1 star restaurant La Rimbaud Reserve) and Eric CELLIER (chef of the gastronomic restaurant La Maison de la Lozère) will head a brasserie on the ground floor and on the first floor of the tower, as well as a tapas bar on one of the panoramic terraces on the 17th floor.
While strolling through the streets we see amazing works testifying to its rich architectural past.
Landmark for the entire area, the ‘hôtel de ville’ (town hall) opened its doors on 14th November 2011. In charge, Jean Nouvel, Pritzker prize (the equivalent of the Nobel prize in architecture), along with the montpelliérain François Fontès.
Together, they designed the new town hall for the people of Montpellier both a sustainable building and an architectural prowess. More than just a building, it is a real urban work of art, built on the banks of the Lez river and conceived as the signature building of a port city as imagined by Jacques Coeur as early as 1440, and by the Mayor Pagézy at the end of the 19th century.
If today the blue glow silhouette of the Montpellier hôtel de ville is an integral part of the identity of the city, the other side of the river is also very attractive and emblematic of the state of mind that guided the design of that new ZAC Port Marianne district : a contemporary architecture in a green haven ideal for a walk, a cycle ride or simply to relax. Thus, on the one hand the hôtel de ville façade and its vast square enhance the monumental and grandiose aspect of the area and on the other hand, the spotlight is on the mediterranean vegetation and the charming buildings raised