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Vincent Callebaut-designed development is covered in green

Foam of Waves would feature solar power, rainwater collection, and more
Foam of Waves would feature solar power, rainwater collection, and more
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Vincent Callebaut Architectures recently won a competition to renovate the site of a historic thermal baths in Aix-les-Bains, France
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Vincent Callebaut Architectures recently won a competition to renovate the site of a historic thermal baths in Aix-les-Bains, France
Foam of Waves would feature solar power, rainwater collection, and more
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Foam of Waves would feature solar power, rainwater collection, and more
Foam of Waves would involve the restoration of pre-existing buildings on the thermal baths site
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Foam of Waves would involve the restoration of pre-existing buildings on the thermal baths site
The most eye-catching feature of Foam of Waves is a pair of new greenery-covered buildings
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The most eye-catching feature of Foam of Waves is a pair of new greenery-covered buildings
Like Boscoe Verticale, or indeed Callebaut's own Agora Garden Tower, Foam of Waves would sport greenery all over the balconies and roofs
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Like Boscoe Verticale, or indeed Callebaut's own Agora Garden Tower, Foam of Waves would sport greenery all over the balconies and roofs
Elsewhere, Foam of Waves would include a shopping mall, a tourist office, a wellness center, and a school
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Elsewhere, Foam of Waves would include a shopping mall, a tourist office, a wellness center, and a school
Foam of Waves would also feature a restaurant offering choice views of the area
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Foam of Waves would also feature a restaurant offering choice views of the area
Foam of Waves would include housing called "Sky Villas" that would consist of 185 apartments
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Foam of Waves would include housing called "Sky Villas" that would consist of 185 apartments

Vincent Callebaut Architectures recently won a competition to renovate a historic thermal baths in Aix-les-Bains, France. As those familiar with the firm's previous work will expect, the proposal calls for significant sustainable design and technology, including lots of greenery, solar panels, rainwater collection, and more.

It's not clear when – or even if – Foam of Waves will be completed, but Callebaut's proposal calls for the restoration of pre-existing buildings at the Aix-les-Bains thermal baths site, as well as the demolition of some 1970s-era extensions and the protection of Roman remains.

The most eye-catching addition would be a pair of new buildings that, like Boscoe Verticale, or indeed Callebaut's own upcoming Agora Garden Tower, would sport greenery all over the balconies and roofs, allowing for the cultivation of vegetables and fruit. The buildings would be built from either concrete or timber and feature staggered wavy facades specifically designed to host planters.

Foam of Waves would include housing called "Sky Villas" that would consist of 185 apartments
Foam of Waves would include housing called "Sky Villas" that would consist of 185 apartments

A total of 185 apartments dubbed "Sky Villas" would boast their own garden space. Elsewhere on the site would be a shopping mall and restaurant, a tourist office, a wellness center, and a school.

The slated sustainable features of Foam of Waves include a focus on airtightness and ample insulation, so that the interiors could maintain a comfortable temperature without requiring much energy. Additionally, rainwater would be collected for irrigation and passive ventilation would be used.

Solar panel arrays would be installed on the roof to produce electricity and hot water, and some kind of biomass plant would also produce electricity too.

Source: Vincent Callebaut Architectures

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