Kengo Kuma’s new Parisian eco-luxury hotel lobbies wood in sustainable architecture

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.



Project Team

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