If you always dreamed of living in a forest villa with a view of the Eiffel Tower, you might be in luck. Designed by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto with Manal Rachdi Oxo Architects, Mille Arbres, or the Thousand Trees, is a 9-story reverse pyramid in Paris designed to free the ground for a park while creating a vibrant green community in the sky.
The 127 residential units on the top of this bold building may be the world’s first village built out of bio-based materials. It is an inhabited natural ecosystem, where the apartments are surrounded by nature while being in the center of the French capital.
While the roof of the Mille Arbres comprises a sustainable community in the middle of forest, the street level of the building is an urban park. Conceived as a work of land art, the park features a characteristic topography that lifts up or slopes down to provide convenient access throughout. Among other things, this landscape offers the experience of a real forest ecosystem. Managed by the Ligue de Protection des Oiseaux (League of the Protection of Birds), it will also be a place for classes and workshops.
Fujimoto’s Mille Arbres will also include La rue Gourmande, an inner street and food court designed by Philippe Starck. In addition to housing and a food court, Mille Arbres will include a 4-star hotel with 250 rooms, over 27,000 square meters of office space, an ultra-modern integrated bus station, and a kindergarten with a large covered playground.
The Thousand Trees project will rise above the ring road of Paris, absorbing pollution created by the traffic below and bridging the border that currently divides the inner and outer parts of Paris. Mille Arbres is the winner of the three-stage open competition Réinventer Paris. Its construction is expected to be completed by 2022.
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