Stefano Boeri Architetti reveals first French vertical forest

Italian designer Stefano Boeri Architetti has unveiled another of its trademark vertical forest, this time located in Villiers sur Marne, 14.8km from the centre of Paris.

Forêt Blanche will be a 54m-high mixed-used building covered by 2,000 trees, shrubs and plants. These will give it a green surface equivalent to a hectare of forest, or 10 times its site area.

The development will have a wooden structure, and will host residential apartments on the upper floors, offices and commercial services in the lower part. There will be a mix of terraces and balconies on all four sides.

Forêt Blanche is part of a larger development called Balcon sur Paris. Other buildings have been designed by Freancoi-Japanese firm Kengo Kuma & Associates and France’s Oxo Architectes among others.

Stefano Boeri Architetti has designed similar vertical forests for sites in Holland, Italy and China.

It has also designed the La Cour Verte project for Balcon sur Paris, a building with courtyard, whose roof touches the ground and, at the centre, a hanging garden with a 600 sq m mantle planted with grasses.

Images courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti

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