Reinventing to innovate: ecological vertical village in Montpellier

A XNUMXth century building becomes an eight-story avant-garde ecological and modular complex, with residential and shared spaces

vertical ecological village: Modular Follies
The Modular Follies, an innovative concept that develops vertically on eight floors, starting from a XNUMXth century building (Photo: Malka Architectures)

A fascinating project called Modular Follies, which aims to become a unique alternative in the heart of the city of Montpellier, regenerating the neighborhood and creating living spaces through a modular system made with ecological and recycled materials. 

Conceived as a true vertical ecological village, the building includes not only residential units, but also self-managed meeting centres, resulting in a cultural and iconic destination. Let's find out what it is.

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vertical ecological village: Montpellier
Several French cities, from Paris to Montpellier, are implementing important measures for sustainability (Photo: iStock)

The "mobile and green metabolism" of the Modular Follies by the Malka Architecture studio

The idea behind the Modular Follies is simple but ingenious: instead of demolishing a building, why not transform it into an innovative and sustainable architectural solution? This is how the French study Malka Architecture has developed a concept that develops vertically over eight floors, starting from a historic XNUMXth century building, which has been preserved and structurally reinforced.

The fulcrum of the project are the modules, each with its own specific function and destination. For example, the housing units, which can be both individual and shared, are ready to use, fully equipped and integrated into the structure itself, including furnishings, electrical systems and cables.

Thanks to their flexibility and modularity, it is possible to expand the building in the long term according to needs and use. All materials used, including the metal facade, are recycled, refurbished and finished as new.

In addition to housing solutions, the vertical ecological village includes shared spaces such as libraries, kitchens, restaurants, cafes, a hotel and a cultural hub with exhibition areas, immersive rooms and suspended gardens, as well as outdoor recreation areas.

“This project is not a real estate project, it is a mobile, living and organic structure, combining architecture and urban planning, community life and culture open to all”, explain the architects.

"Modular Follies are built on a flexible and extensible framework, which allows for an organic development process, thus transforming the morphology of the Follies as new occupants and their modules arrive and depart."

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vertical ecological village: modular Folies
The modular Folies are built on a flexible and extensible structure with entirely recycled materials (Photo: Malka Architectures)

The transalpine metropolises remain at the forefront of urban sustainability

Since 2015, the year in which the climate agreements were signed in Paris, France has implemented a series of important measures to counteract the climate changes

In 2019, the Economist's Sustainable Tourism Index ranked France as the best country for its efforts towards sustainability and an important role is played by cities. 

In Paris, on the most iconic avenue of the capital or the Champs-Élysées, a project was recently approved which provides for the halving of the space for cars and the increase of trees and green spaces. Priority will also be given to small local shops rather than international chain shops, at the request of the citizens themselves.

The French capital is also planning to make its tourist areas greener and more pedestrian-friendly, by planting more than 70.000 trees and become cycle 100 percent by 2026.

The city of Dijon, on the other hand, has embarked on a path to become a carbon neutral city by 2030, anticipating by twenty years the European objectives, which want cities to be “carbon neutral! by 2050.

Meanwhile, numerous French villages, towns and regions got important green certifications, which will attract new residents, tourists and major investments, promoting the protection oftechnology and of the landscape.

This determination and willingness to take concrete steps to meet the challenge of climate changes demonstrates how France is actively working on innovative projects, becoming a true role model sustainability.

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vertical ecological village: green Paris
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From Modular Follies to Terra Solida: building an ecological and resilient future

Sustainable architecture, such as that embodied by the Modular Follies, plays a crucial role in building a greener and more resilient future. A similar approach, which aims to reduce theenvironmental impact of buildings, optimizes the use of natural resources, reducing energy consumption and soil consumption and promoting sustainable materials.

Transform existing buildings into eco-friendly structures, as in the case of the project Montpellier, allows to preserve the historical and cultural architectural heritage of cities and at the same time mitigate the effects of climate change, offering a model of sustainable urban development for future generations.

Of course, sustainability is not limited to the energy aspect, but also embraces the design of spaces, the efficient use of natural resources, waste management and the promotion of healthy environments for the occupants. Looking at the philosophy behind the Modular Follies vertical eco-village - cutting-edge technology, eco-friendly materials and attention to cultural heritage - it's hard not to think of Solid Earth.

The approach of this company, leader in the sector of natural paving and roads, is based precisely on the choice of eco-compatible and recyclable materials and on obsessive attention to the natural and landscape context, to minimize the impact on thetechnology

The Modular Follies, as well as the solutions designed by Terra Solida, highlight how the collaboration between architecture, technology and sustainability can lead to an equitable and environmentally responsible society, in which residents can truly "experience" cities and what they have to offer, without compromising on health and safetytechnology.

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vertical ecological village: shared spaces
The Modular Follies includes both residential units and shared spaces such as libraries, restaurants and suspended gardens (Photo: Malka Architectures)