Among the main contemporary Japanese architects, Kengo Kuma is the author of 1Hotel that will see the light in Paris in 2022. Located on the banks of river Seine, along Avenue de France, this Eco-Luxury Hotel, thanks to the rich vegetation that will characterise it, will give Rive Gauche a green lung. The building will be entirely made of wood, favourite material of Kuma, who has a deep aversion to concrete. The presence of plants on the façade, balconies, rooftops, inside the building and at street level will help reduce the heat island effect caused, in big metropolitan areas, by urban sprawl and overbuilding, cars and heating systems’ Co2 emissions, reducing the temperature by 4-5 degrees.
The wooden slats covering the façade will be arranged vertically, leaving gaps for balconies and flowerpots, thus allowing plants’ growth and giving the illusion of a dense forest. The lower floors surrounding the main garden, designed by landscape design studios Horticulture & Jardins and Atelier Georges, will feature full-height glass windows that will let in a lot of light in full harmony with the natural environment. The Hotel will host 140 rooms, among which 23 suites and will be part of a reception complex that will include hostel Slo Living, a bar, a business centre and some more structures open to the public.