View from planted promenade. Image: LUXIGON
As part of an ambitious development above the railways in the district Paris-Rive Gauche, architects at Kengo Kuma have designed a green lung for the French capital.
1 Hotel, an eco-friendly luxury hotel, is intended to stand as a concept for sustainable and innovative hospitality project. Travelers on a shoestring will also be able to experience this green concept through Slo Living, a youth hostel that is also part of the building.
Multiple terraces and suspended gardens at various levels will be perceived both from outside and inside of the hotel in a unique way. The depth of the façade, besides creating a comfortable intimacy for the rooms, gives place to a variety of local plants in alternation with revisited Parisian balconies.
Aerial view of 1 Hotel’s suspended garden. Image: LUXIGON
Bird’s eye view. Image: Kengo Kuma & Associates
The building’s design also takes reference from nature—as if sculpted from erosion such that the sky comes down to meet the streets. The work on the volume is defined by the modularity of the wooden structure.
As particles, dispersed facade panels together with the volumetric decomposition come to blur the shape of the buildings. The warm materiality of the wood is combined with the soften reflection and aerial touch of the metal panels. The building will come alive with the light.
Architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates – Marchi Architects
For Kengo Kuma (Global concept – 1Hotel):
Project director: Matthieu Wotling
Project manager: Miruna Constantinescu
Team: Hagai Ben Naim, Nicolas Cazali, Paolo Amato,
For Marchi Architects (Slo Living Hostel):
Adelaide Marchi, Nicola Marchi
Team: Isotta Lercari, Marta Guedan, Xiang Li
Landscaper: Horticulture & Jardins – Atelier Georges
Investor Compagnie de Phalsbourg & Station F
Operator: 1Hotel – Slo Living Hostel – Bellevilloise – Nuage Café
Structure Engineering: Arcadis – Freyssinet - Oteis
Acoustics: Lamoureux Acoustics
Sustainability: ITF Bruno Georges
Project management assistance: Redman
Images credits: Luxigon – MIR