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S333

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Anglo-Dutch practice S333 has won a £750 million job to develop an 'urban forest' of 35 housing towers on a 14ha site in Grenoble, France. S333 won an invited international competition called 'Living in the Year 2000'. The project involves 1,700 housing units, 2,500 car parking spaces and 50,000m 2of mixed-use space.

The practice worked with Battle McArthy to come up with the towers, each of which has views over surrounding mountains.

To keep them off the streets, cars are stacked inside the towers, which range in height from six to 22 floors and also contain gardens and studio workspaces.

Detailed designs will be carried out by selected architects.

Development of the proposals will begin in May but could take five to 10 years.

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