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Here Now, a French Building With 'Shelf Fungi' Balconies

At the foot of the French Alps sits this peculiar creation by the French firm r2k Architectes: a plain-jane apartment building punctuated by outgrowths that look a lot like the fungi that pop up on tree trunks. It's unclear just why this building is decked in balconies that look like shelf fungi—polyspores, if one's to get technical about it—and the project description illuminates, well, nothing at all. All that's clear is that the extensions are "hung on the façade by a set of braces that support metal and wood flooring." Perhaps the firm is just excited about biomimicry; after all, if some forward-thinking architects get their way, giant pinecones, floating amoebas, and bobbing lily pads will all be a reality.

· Quai de la Graille by r2k Architects [Contemporist]
· All Architectural Craziness posts [Curbed National]