In the 19th Arrondissment, Edouard Francois has recently completed Eden Bio, an exciting new hybrid of social housing and artists’ lofts integrated within a living façade. The architect, deploying plants that require little maintenance and no fertilizer or pesticide, calls the project a “real urban wilderness”.  In this complex the building material is tactically humble: exposed concrete, corrugated siding, commercial security shutters and wood structure. But the soil trucked in is deep and luxurious, an investment in the site’s projected transformation over time.

Eden Bio, in the spirit of the contemporary vegetal zeitgeist, is gated community.  Edouard Francois’s profile is playfully carved into the site’s multiple entries.