La Forêt Urbaine

Towards completion for La Forêt Urbaine by Matteo Cainer Architects




Work has continued on the renovation and transformation of the 1433 sqm Parisian penthouse apartment.

La Forêt Urbaine
Image © Matteo Cainer Architects

With structural works now completed, the once fragmented, somber and abandoned apartment is coming back to life as a light-flooded penthouse with magnificent views over the city.

La Forêt Urbaine
Image © Matteo Cainer Architects

With Design development has continued especially on all the exterior spaces and on the landscaping. Due to architectural constraints and impositions from the building’s natural ventilation system, multiple chimneys pierce the apartment.

La Forêt Urbaine
Image © Matteo Cainer Architects

To diminish their disruption we both deviated and transformed them into strong design statements that reinforce the concept of the Forêt Urbaine. Like trees, these chimneys are now sculpted, iconic elements that outline both the interiors and roof-scape, allowing for unexpected views, spaces and shadows.

La Forêt Urbaine
Image © Matteo Cainer Architects

The landscape design, which is the driving concept for the project, has been carefully curated not only to establishes a direct dialogue between nature and the particular architectural spaces, but also to select a specifically wide range of autochthone plants so as to potentially foster biodiversity with the cities’ surrounding parks.

La Forêt Urbaine
Image © Matteo Cainer Architects

The project has now removed a total of 680 tons of concrete to give space to light and the nature through 14 types of trees, 28 types of shrubs and 43 varieties of floral plants. Source by Matteo Cainer Architects.

La Forêt Urbaine
Roof Level
  • Location: Paris, France
  • Architect: Matteo Cainer Architects
  • M&E consultant: Espace Temp, FR
  • Structural consultant: Batiserf / Aes, FR
  • Structural Works: Esteve Freres, FR
  • Program and Size: Penthouse – 1433 m2
  • Status: Under construction- expected completion 2018
  • Images: Courtesy of Matteo Cainer Architects
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Level 10 Floor Plan and Facade
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Terrace Level
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Bench Diagram
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Chimney Diagram
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Landscape Diagram
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Landscape Diagram
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Landscape Diagram

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