FANTASY WORLD OF MONTPARNASSE
Futures and Beyond
This project explores the symbiotic relationships of gardens and offices through the narrative of a mysterious expedition into the filmic spaces as experienced by a girl named Ophelia. Sited in the brutalistic Montparnasse Office Tower in Paris (commonly described as one of the ugliest office towers in Europe), Ophelia explores a hidden fantasy world of living willow trees concealed within the void spaces of the office tower.
Ophelia’s exploration is driven by the prophecies from her dreams that foretold fragments of curious spaces depicting a world inhabited with spirited trees and wonderful architectural forms. She was lead on into a mystical journey to eventually discover portals and entry points hidden within the office interior that allowed her to mediate into the fantasy world
In the fantasy world, Ophelia discovered a range of surreal environments, including ornamental grottos, Indian bridges grown naturally by willow trees, hovering sky gardens, melodious trumpets that collected wind and rain, beautiful lighting sculptures, and a gigantic breathing plant stem.
Finally, as the building develops and grows over time, the proposed life force thrives and more and more of the existing building is transformed. The use of space within the tower changes dramatically; areas towards the top of the tower become residential harnessing a strong use of cross programming whilst the central area becomes a community driven ecological habitat. In her final drawing, Ophelia speculates on the tower some years into the future. More consumed than ever and with it's inhabitants powered on biophilia the tower is explodes with luscious vegetation and continues its growth.