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Reinventing Paris from Italy: the projects of the Italian finalists

There are two Made in Italy projects among the finalists of the contest aiming to rethink the metropolitan city of Paris in a green way


Among the winning projects, the Centr’Halles urban vegetable gardens in front of the Clichy-Montfermeil Station by Miralles Tagliabue EMBT in partnership with Paris-based studio Ilimelgo and Land’Act landscape designers, supported by the Pichet Group

Browsing through the pictures of the winning projects of the big international contest Inventons la Métropole du grand Paris (Let’s Invent the Grand Paris Metropolis, editor’s Note), launched by the Préfecture Paris et Île-de-France, the Métropole du Grand Paris and the Société du Grand Paris in October 2016, one gets the feeling to embark on a journey through the banlieues of the future, made of bold, zero impact architectures and innovative green areas. In a brand-new Paris designed to fight climate changes and promote a more sustainable lifestyle. 

‘Maison du Peuple”, Clichy-la-Garenne – Duval Group. Designers: Rudy Ricciotti, LBAe Holzweg

Residential districts, commercial buildings, service incubators, green areas, cultural hubs, sport centers. The projects, developed by multidisciplinary teams of experts and investors, concern 53 sites and an area of 166 hectares located near the stations of the new lines of the Grand Paris Express subway. By this ambitious urban requalification project – which is expected to attract 7, 2 billion euros in private investments – the French capital is dictating the guidelines for a sustainable, smart future metropolis where the improvement of life quality will provide the driving force to a new, long-lasting economic and social development. 

‘Talent Makers Lab’ in the Luth district, Gennevilliers. Promoter: Compagnie de Phalsbourg. Designers: Antonio Virga, AAVP Vincent Parreira Atelier Architecture and studio Djuric Tardio

The challenge has attracted several big names from the international architecture scene, such as Sou Fujimoto, Rogers Stirk Habour & Partners, Dominique Perrault, OMA, Shigeru Ban, Kengo Kuma, Stefano Boeri Architects, Snøhetta, MVRDV and Studio Gang. These, along young, promising French agencies - Encore Heureux, Muoto, Maud Caubet Architects, Hits and Layers among them – have presented projects featuring a high degree of urban and architectural quality. 

‘La Fabrique des Cultures’ requalification project by Friche Industrielle Babcock in La Courneuve. Promoter: Compagnie de Phalsbourg. Designers: Dominique Perrault Architecture, Encore Heureux, Après la pluie

‘Ôm’, block E in the ZAC Léon Blum mixed development zone, Issy-les-Moulineaux. Promoter: ICADE Group. Designers: Architecture Studio, LAND'ACT and Laurence Dujardin / Feng Shui Consulting

With its additional 13 hectares of green areas and 8 hectares dedicated to urban farming, the Métropole du Grand Paris aims at bringing nature back to the city. Circular economy, bioclimatic solutions, and the recycling of materials are several strategies adopted in the fight against climate change. 

‘Centr’Halles’, Du Plateau district, Clichy – Montfermeil. Promoter: Pichet Group. Designers: Miralles Tagliabue EMBT, Ilimelgo, Land’act

Among the most brilliant green solutions, we find two projects with a strong Italian imprint. The Centr’Halles project by Benedetta Tagliabue, supported by the Pichet Group, includes the creation of a new residential district with an intense rooftop farming activity in Clichy-Montfermeil. Stefano Boeri Architetti, on the other hand, presents the Forêt Blanche (the White Forest, editor’s Note), conceived for the new district Balcon sur Paris by French group Compagnie de Phalsbourg in Villiers-sur-Marne: the first substantial eco-sustainable neighborhood in Europe, entirely built by employing wooden structures. 

On the left: green balconies of the ‘Forêt Blanche’ designed by Sefano Boeri Architetti for the new district ‘Balcon sur Paris’ in Villiers-sur-Marne


‘Balcon sur Paris’, Villiers-sur-Marne. Promoter: Compagnie de Phalsbourg. Designers: Kengo Kuma & Associates, XTU Architects, Stefano Boeri Architetti, Michael Green Architecture, OXO, Koz Architectes, James Corner Field Operations, Atelier Paul Arene


by Eugenia Murialdo / 14 November 2017


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