With over 400 parks and gardens, Paris is already ahead of the entire continent in terms of being Europe’s greenest capital, but that’s not enough. Paris wants to go one step further and build the greenest and most sustainable skyscraper that Europe has ever seen, with zero-energy and full of green spaces.
This new sustainable 180-metre skyscraper will include a mix of private residential apartments and hotel rooms that will be open to the public, bursting with luscious green gardens at every turn.
Each 1.5-storey, loft-style apartment will be connected by a front garden overlooked by balconies, inspiring a cosy sense of community. Its designers are passionate about combating climate change and believe that this starts by spreading a sense of community and shared responsibility.
A third of the site will be dedicated to green space, rather than making it an added extra – it will be compulsory. Another third will be dedicated to buildings with green roofs, but what’s even more impressive is that the developer has committed to planting one tree on site per residential unit, which is greater than usual.
With the pressure of climate change, the city of Paris understands that urban surfaces must be adapted and so they have welcomed this project with open arms. The idea is that as gardens and trees grow, they help stop climate change by removing carbon dioxide from the air.
In fact, Paris has welcomed a whole series of eco-friendly design plans over recent months as part of their commitment to combat climate change.
The most epic of these upcoming projects is their plan to plant a new forest at Pierrelaye-Bessancourt, which is located on Paris’ northeastern urban periphery.
It will take no less than one million trees, planted across a huge 1,350 hectares (5.2 square miles) and will be five times the size of New York’s Central Park.
They plan to construct four buildings made entirely of wood in Paris by 2020.