stefano boeri has revealed plans for his latest vertical forest, which will be built in the town of villiers sur marne in the eastern quadrant of the parisian metropolitan area. named ‘forêt blanche’, the project forms part of a new urban development called ‘balcon sur paris’, where architects such as kengo kuma and X-TU architects are also planning buildings.

stefano boeri foret blanche
the façades will be covered by 2,000 trees, shrubs, and plants
all images courtesy of stefano boeri architetti



following similar plans planned for the netherlands and china, stefano boeri’s ‘forêt blanche’ is a 54-meter high tower built entirely from wood. the façades will be covered by 2,000 trees, shrubs, and plants — a green surface equivalent to a hectare of forest. the tower will host residential apartments on the upper storeys and office and commercial space on the lower levels. the design team incorporated numerous terraces and balconies throughout the design, creating pleasant green spaces for tenants.

stefano boeri foret blanche
the development’s other architectural structures include works by kengo kuma and X-TU



the east and west facing sides of the building will allow sunlight to enter the building, providing natural illumination and ventilation to the apartments. the building also provides panoramic views of central paris. in addition to ‘forêt blanche’, stefano boeri architetti has designed the neighboring ‘la cour verte project’. the building is characterized by a courtyard, a sloping roof, and a hanging garden with a 600 square meters of planted grasses.

stefano boeri foret blanche
stefano boeri architetti has also designed the neighboring ‘la cour verte project’



backed by developers compagnie de phalsbourg, the site’s other projects include work by: kengo kuma & associates (sora, le palais des congrès), OXO architectes (le potager de villiers, business home), koz architectes (2 buildings, archipel), michael green architecture (peuplier blanc, prairie blanche), and X-TU (la ressourcerie, green jenga). 

stefano boeri foret blanche
numerous terraces and balconies have been placed throughout the building





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