MGA and partners propose designs for carbon-neutral wooden building in France

2 June 2015 (Last Updated June 2nd, 2015 18:30)

Canada-based Michael Green Architecture (MGA) and DVVD of Paris have teamed-up with real estate developer REI France to propose an innovative urban building development project for the Réinventer Paris competition.

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Canada-based Michael Green Architecture (MGA) and DVVD of Paris have teamed-up with real estate developer REI France to propose an innovative urban building development project for the Réinventer Paris competition.

The project, titled Baobab, involves construction of the tallest wood-made building in the world, standing at more than 35-storeys.

It has been designed to showcase how the next generation can live in small urban spaces and still retain their sense of community.

MGA principal Michael Green said: "Our goal is that through innovation, youthful social contact and overall community building, we have created a design that becomes uniquely important to Paris.

"Just as Gustave Eiffel shattered our conception of what was possible a century and a half ago, this project can push the envelope of wood innovation with France in the forefront. The Pershing Site is the perfect moment for Paris to embrace the next era of architecture."

The proposed development will integrate market and social housing concepts, and be equipped with a student hotel, urban agriculture, a bus station, e-car hub and other amenities.

"The Pershing Site is the perfect moment for Paris to embrace the next era of architecture."

To be constructed as an urban project, Baobab will fall in-line with the French capital's vision of creating a connected and vibrant metropolis.

The high-rise is planned as a carbon-neutral building, and the design is likely to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Shortlisted proposals for the Réinventer Paris competititon are expected to be announced this summer.

REI France president Paul Jarquin said: "Réinventer Paris showcases the exceptional leadership of the City of Paris and its commitment to fostering sustainable urban solutions that prioritise the needs of future generations.

"Paris is the ideal place to reinvent and demonstrate truly ecological development, and to ensure the youth of Paris have an opportunity to live, thrive and connect to their city."


Image: Artist impression of the proposed Baobab building in Paris, France. Photo: courtesy of Michael Green Architecture.