Milles Arbres In Paris / Sou Fujimoto + Oxo Architectes

Led by OGIC and Compagnie de Phalsbourg in collaboration with architects Manal Rachdi- OXO Architects and Sou Fujimoto , the project “Mille Arbres” (“Thousand Trees”) has seduced the jury of “Réinventer Paris” with its innovative proposals.

“At a time when in certain parts of the world people are constantly trying to push their limits by building 1000 meter high skyscrapers, we think that ambition and audacity, in the capital of a country with a glorious past, both wise and self-confident, as France, is to dare to engage in another type of urban development, planting 1000 trees here, above the ring road of Paris.” Philippe Journo, President of Compagnie Phalsbourg.

“We will invent a new Parisian “art de vivre”, that of a sober hybrid city of tomorrow, reconciling nature and architecture.” Emmanuel Launiau, President and Director of OGIC.

A project that creates the link, symbol of the benevolent city

“Mille Arbres is opening the border that the ring road represents today, Mille Arbres, is a public promenade, a forest housing office and apartment buildings, a hotel, restaurants, a large center dedicated to children, a bus station, everything in a unique environment.”Philippe Journo, President of Compagnie Phalsbourg.

“Mille Arbres will recreate links: links between Paris and Neuilly, links among its inhabitants, links between nature and architecture, links between present and future generations, with an architectural, ecological and sustainable challenge.” Emmanuel Launiau, President and Director of OGIC.

“ We love the idea of transforming this place on the ring road, a symbol of all the divisions between Paris and its suburbs, into a place that will be a symbol of “living together” in Greater Paris.” Philippe Journo, President of Compagnie Phalsbourg.

It is a joint work of two architecture offices, one Japanese, another French. The first, Sou Fujimoto Architects, nourishes a continued reflection on the relationships between man, building and nature, between nature and architecture. The second, Manal Rachdi – OXO Architects, is a young Parisian office that also places nature in the heart of the city. Together, they’ve worked to provide the West of the capital with a new skyline.

The project deserves its name, as exactly 1000 trees will be planted. The species were selected based on their capacity to grow in the urban atmosphere. Planted above the ring road, they help conceal the last border of Paris, at the same time creating a barrier against pollution.

Mixed housing and convertible office spaces

127 apartments (owned, social, and intermediate) in which small and large areas are carefully arranged to allow the possibility of combining or separating different units.

Four shared spaces are planned to complement the private spaces:

  • a communal flexible area allowing inhabitants to hold meetings, parties, birthdays, etc.;
  • guestrooms allowing inhabitants to welcome visitors;
  • a shared garden-terrace on the 8th floor equipped with a communal outdoor kitchen;
  • a communal washroom on the 7th floor.

The offices are spread over a total area of 27.589 m2 in two independent buildings with their own lobbies and entries. Each of them are divisible in two. They are conceived following the principle of “office sweet home”.

A hotel for the contemporary travelers

A 4-star hotel offers 250 rooms. It was created with contemporary travelers in mind, new types of clients who desire comfort, friendliness and a unique experience.

A foodie street: “The Street of chefs”

Its purpose is to create a passage between Paris and Neuilly. The street is mostly constituted of a “new generation” Food Court designed by Philippe Starck, with a place dedicated to guests’ tables, workshops and a school of dietary cuisine.

An ultra-modern and ultra-welcoming bus station

The architects have also integrated a new bus station that is organized on two levels:

  • a ground floor destined to welcome passengers, that will host a ticket office, a restaurant, as well as waiting and information areas;
  • an underground space that is accessible from the ground floor by escalators, elevators, and stairs, as well as by a double ramp from Pershing Boulevard.