An exterior rendering of the Occitanie Tower.
LUXIGON An exterior rendering of the Occitanie Tower.

Toulouse, France, is about to get its first skyscraper.

The Toulouse Euro Sud-Ouest urban redevelopment program has chosen the Occitanie Tower concept building to occupy the city's formal postal sorting center site at Gare Matabiau. American architect Daniel Libeskind’s Studio Libeskind designed the tower in collaboration with French firm Kardham Cardete Huet Architecture. Compagnie de Phalsbourg will develop the site.

The 40-story, 150-meter (492-foot) tower will feature garden terraces arranged in a spiral around the structure's angular, glass façade, extending from the building’s public-platform level—located several stories up the building—to the top floor.

Daniel Libeskind modeled the terraces’ twisting arrangement after the Canal du Midi, which cuts through the city.

“With its suspended gardens that change color during the seasons, the slight silvertine of the glazing of the façade will reflect the pink tones of Toulouse, and the brightness of this material will change perceptions of the space according to the variation of light,” said Libeskind. “The tower becomes a unique object in a vast urban space—[it won't] only become a destination, but also a defining public space.”

The finished Occitanie Tower will contain 36,089 square feet of office space, up to 120 apartments, a Hilton hotel, a restaurant, retail space, and ground-floor offices for a railway company.

Construction is to begin in 2018 and finish by 2022.