Stefano Boeri Architetti (SBA) based in Milan, with offices in Shanghai and Tirana, developed the project, promoted by Compagnie de Phalsbourg, of the first French Vertical Forest, which will be created in the town of Villiers sur Marne, in the eastern quadrant of the Parisian metropolitan area.
Forêt Blanche – this the name of the project – will be a 54-meter high tower with entirely wooden structures. Its facades will be covered by 2000 trees, shrubs, and plants, with a green surface equivalent to a hectare of forest, 10 times the surface area of the lot on which the building sits.
The tower will host residential apartments on the high floors, offices, and commercial services in the lower part; all with a mix of terraces and balconies on its four sides. The east and west facing sides will allow the passage of sunlight all day, giving natural illumination and ventilation to the apartments and an exceptional panorama on the landscape of central Paris.
Forêt Blanche is one of the 12 architectural structures presented by Compagnie de Phalsbourg on the Marne Europe – Villiers sur Marne site, called Balcon sur Paris, which is inserted within the wider framework of “Inventons la Métropole du Grand Paris”: one of the biggest competitions for urban development promoted in the Parisian metropolitan area, for a total of 51 sites with the involvement of great names of international architecture.
With this project, which is added to the Vertical Forest family currently in creation in China, Europe, South America and the United States, Stefano Boeri Architetti expands into France looking forward to a new generation of architectural structures that encompass the green component as an essential element, surpassing the concept of green as only decorative. Architectural structures that take up the challenge of fighting climate change and of increasing biodiversity in urban contexts.
Ilona Catani Scarlett