images are revealed of the vincent callebaut architectures-designed garden footbridge in paris, to be known as ‘the green line.’ the envisioned project is a prototype of edible, resilient, and de-polluting architecture. its architecture generates its own energy from renewable sources, recycles its own waste and wastewater, and optimizes its needs thanks to information and communication technologies. it thus promotes social and cultural innovation through flexible and mutable shared spaces, which adapt to the needs of new generations and to new constantly evolving uses. the inhabited footbridge repairs the urban divide between paris’ bercy village and the masséna district. the green line will creates a winding and furtive plant link between the two banks connecting the 12th and 13th arrondissements of the french capital. 

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images courtesy of vincent callebaut architectures | @vincentcallebautarchitectures



designed by vincent callebaut architectures and developed by ceetrus, the green line in paris will streamline and increase the number of walks and crossings between two existing urban lungs of paris — the parc de bercy, on the right bank, and the jardins abbé-pierre – grands-moulins, on the left bank. with structure designed by bollinger + grohmann, green and MEP by greenaffair, and landscape by sempervirens, the green line will be a truly edible landscape dedicated to ‘parisculteurs (paris farmers). it aims to make citizens aware of eco-gastronomy and alternative consumption. its panoramic rooftop and horticultural greenhouses host 3,500 square meters of vegetable gardens and orchards under the parisian sky. an ode to slow food, the fruits and vegetables grown on paris’ green line footbridge will be directly cooked in its restaurants, offering panoramic views towards the bibliothèque nationale de france, the tours duo, and the tour designed by som at bercy-charenton.

parisians will grow their own food along the 'green line' garden footbridge by VCA



the green line is envisioned to offer paris much more than a place of passage from one bank to the other. it will be a place to have fun, learn, eat, and innovate. on the roof, dense and rich urban agriculture is taking root in partnership with ‘sous les fraises.’ in the bridge, a campus is developing on the theme of the smart and sustainable city (classrooms and training for students, companies, professionals, etc.) as well as restaurants and leisure for millennials, neighbors, and parisians. a true research and development laboratory, the green line advocates ecological exemplarity through sustainable management of air and water in urban areas in paris. in addition to its densely vegetated roof, the project aims to establish a large 8,500 m² amphibian garden. in total, 12,000 m² of new green spaces and phyto-remediation lagoons will take root in the neighborhood to make it breathe better and promote the development of an endemic biodiversity corridor

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project info:


project title: the green line

location: between the 12th and 13th arrondissements in paris, france

architecture: vincent callebaut architectures

client: ceetrus

structure: bollinger + grohmann

green + MEP: greenaffair

landscape: sempervirens

partners: AMO 88, making tomorrow, sous les fraises, onepoint, moulinot, 8’18 ”, agroparistech

visualizations: vincent callebaut architectures | @vincentcallebautarchitectures