Kengo Kuma's plans for Paris

The Japanese architect’s new renderings introduce naturalism to France’s most philosophical quarter
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Kengo Kuma & Associates' renderings for 1hotel. Images courtesy of Kengo Kuma & Associates
Kengo Kuma & Associates' renderings for 1hotel. Images courtesy of Kengo Kuma & Associates

Paris’s Left Bank was once the place where France’s iron-willed existentialists gathered, to argue that in life, simple existence precedes any softer sense of natural essence.

However, in the near future, Japanese architect Kengo Kuma could reintroduce a more rounded sense of nature to La Rive Gauche, with his plans for a wooden panelled, plant-heavy hotel for the capital.

 

Kengo Kuma & Associates' renderings for 1hotel
Kengo Kuma & Associates' renderings for 1hotel
 

“Our design strategy was to develop a sculptural form, as if shaped by natural erosion," explained the studio when it announced its plans. "Nature finds a place at the core of the scheme, translated in the intimate public garden where all senses are awoken."

That inner garden will be surrounded by not only a hotel, but also a youth hostel, a bar, restaurant, and business centre, and crowned with a roof garden.

 

Kengo Kuma & Associates' renderings for 1hotel
Kengo Kuma & Associates' renderings for 1hotel

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