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'being an archibiotect is like being an haute couture designer' – vincent callebaut on building through biomimicry

Since we first featured his work in 2009, vincent callebaut has designed all manner of environmentally sustainable structures — from a whale-shaped vessel that cleans the waterways of europe to a 3D-printed ‘oceanscraper’. now, callebaut and his team are beginning to see the fruits of their work with projects under construction in all corners of the globe. from dubai to taiwan, callebaut has teamed up with clients that share his vision — a process the architect describes as ‘exhilarating’. ‘when a client believes in you and empowers you to achieve exemplary goals, you’re ready to move mountains for them,’ callebaut tells designboom in this exclusive interview.
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Vincent Callebaut envisions a carbon-neutral district for France

Vincent Callebaut Architectures has unveiled a bold vision to transform the heart of Lille, France into a carbon-neutral district capable of producing more energy than it uses. Proposed for the site of the former Lycée Michel Servet, the project is called ‘Archiborescence’ — a combination of the words architecture and arborescence — after its emphasis on biodiversity and solid wood construction. To meet energy self sufficiency and the E4 level of France’s E+C- energy certification for building performance, the futuristic proposal combines low- and high-tech sustainable technologies from the integration of wind chimneys and hemp-based insulation to solar panels and wind turbines.
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Vincent Callebaut promotes benefits of timber with green development

Following news of his DNA-inspired tower nearing completion, Vincent Callebaut has unveiled a proposal for a new mixed-use residential development that would be made primarily from timber. Named Archiborescence, the project showcases the architect's knack for blending nature and architecture, with lots of greenery and sustainability features like solar power and wind turbines.
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Vincent Callebaut proposes a green, food-producing footbridge for Paris

Vincent Callebaut Architectures has unveiled fantastical designs for the Green Line, a futuristic “inhabited footbridge” in Paris that would run on renewable energy, recycle its own waste and fight urban air pollution all while producing 87,500 kilograms of fresh fruits and vegetables every year. The ambitious proposal was created as an entry in the Reinventing Cities – C40 international design competition hosted by Ceetrus. The Green Line design spans the River Seine between the 12th and 13th arrondissements in Paris and aims to better connect the Bercy Village to the Masséna district.
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Vincent Callebaut aims to span the Seine with veggie-growing gardens

Turning Paris from a City of Light to a City of Green has long been an ambition of architect Vincent Callebaut, and his firm's latest project in this vein envisions a greenery-filled footbridge in the French capital. Named the Green Line, the tree-packed bridge would also be used for growing fruit and vegetables, with an ambitious array of sustainable tech like solar power and wind power included for good measure.
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Vincent Callebaut Architectures Imagines a Garden Footbridge Above the Seine River, in Paris, France

Vincent Callebaut Architectures has created “The Green Line”, an inhabited garden footbridge prototype that “generates its own energy from renewable sources, recycles its own waste and wastewater, and optimizes its needs thanks to Information and Communication Technologies”. Inspired by a fish skeleton, the proposal links the Bercy Village to the Masséna district in Paris, restoring urban connections and connecting the 12th and 13th arrondissements.