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January 28, 2020

Pekuliari: Paleo-Futurism in an Ocean of Trees

A tower of organic form stands in the centre of an immense boreal forest, condensing urbanity into a single totemic structure.

In opposition to urban sprawl, MU Architecture aims to diminish their ecological impact by expanding upwards, not outwards. The proposed luxury residential building, named Pekuliari, will be built in Quebec, comprising a world first in compact eco-friendly development.

The most noticeable thing about Pekuliari is not its location but its unusual design. The exoskeleton resonates with an ancient quality, comprising a lithic stack that evokes rather than contradicts the deeply natural landscape. Forty-eight stories of luxury recall ancient structures in their organic, rocky façade, forming connections between the tower and its foundations. Despite the timeless feel, the structure seems inherently futuristic, with an elegant refinement entirely removed from the raw naturalism of its surrounds.

A grand hall welcomes residents and visitors into Pekuliari, where an elegant three-story lobby features dappled sunlight streaming through a filtered glass roof. Large trees surround the lower floors, while the bay windows of a function room reveal breathtaking views of the adjacent lake. An accompanying terrace and arched quay create a tranquil observatory of the calm waters, with the surrounding forest forming the perfect backdrop for a relaxing retreat. A swimming pool on the twentieth floor affords striking views of the forest canopy while the thirty-seventh floor boasts a sky bar with a 360-degree panorama of the hilly terrain, providing a comprehensive array of perspectives on the immensely beautiful landscape.

While the location and views constitute pull-factors in themselves, Pekuliari’s living spaces and attached services form an integrated experience of nature and luxury. With fifty units varying between four and eight thousand square feet, the tower features full suites with fireplaces, lounges, custom cellars, and 180-degree balconies surrounding each floor. Located next to a wine cellar, entertainment rooms, and an indoor shooting range, the parking lot is accessible via a hidden, cave-like entrance that preserves the natural landscape around the tower. A grocery store and a sports boutique provide every necessity for indoor and outdoor living, with Pekuliari’s concierge also serving as a high-level forest guide.

In addition to the tower’s low-impact high-density design, Pekuliari remains environmentally minded in practice as well as development. A large greenhouse will supply fresh food products to residents, while surpluses are to be distributed to surrounding communities and charities. The land will become a Private Natural Reserve, making the owners responsible for the protection of the area’s habitats, and the construction of roads will be kept to a minimum, ensuring the smallest impact possible. Hunting will be prohibited, and reinsertion programmes run by biologists and academics will take place for species like the mallard duck Such enterprises demonstrate a commitment not only to minimising the negative impact on the environment, but also to ensuring a positive one.

Pekuliari is an intriguing development that is sure to create waves in the real estate and architectural fields. A luxurious tower intended for an upper-echelon clientele, the project flies in the face of trends and stereotypes, committing to the protection of the environment in which it builds. The Casper & Casper team are impressed with the extent of eco-friendly practices Pekuliari intends to implement, and we can’t wait to see the development’s completion.

To learn more about Pekuliari, visit the MU Architecture website here.

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