Paris Reflexive Building of the Future

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  • Paris architecture firm Jakob + MacFarlane has designed a retractable wood and glass exhibition hall for the Saint-Denis area of Paris.
  • Reflecting the historical industrial heritage of Saint-Denis, the Odyssee Pleyel project showcases thought-leadership in the global clean energy transition in a quest to become a carbon-neutral development.

The Odyssee Pleyel bears witness to the human, technological and cultural achievements of this area. The Energy Plug building is an excellent example of reinventing a former industrial site into a reflexive building of the future.

Through the innovative modular design, incorporating wood construction principles, the building will generate its own renewable energy becoming entirely self-sufficient and thus carbon-neutral. The vertical productive glasshouse combines a solar canopy with innovative technologies representing a new living concept, equipped to meet the needs of the world’s major cities.

Credit: Jakob + MacFarlane

Science workshops for young people will aim to stimulate interest in new careers in green industries and the environment. In the innovation studio, start-ups, industrial partners and NGOs will test and share their solutions for clean energy, climate change and sustainable urban development.

The great hall hosts eco-friendly sport- and cultural events together with ambitious art programs. A socially-inclusive restaurant will provide a welcoming environment for people to meet.

The project will also result in the rehabilitation of the former monumental devatting hall in the Pleyel district of Saint-Denis, at the gates of the future Olympic village of the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.

Credit: Jakob + MacFarlane

About Jakob + MacFarlane Architects

Jakob + MacFarlane is a multidisciplinary and multicultural architecture agency based in Paris, France. Since its earliest projects, it has been developing itself as an experimental laboratory of architecture focusing on environmental transition and digital culture. The architects are exploring digital technologies through their work, both as conceptual tools and as a means of fabrication, utilizing new materials as a way of creating a closer, more flexible and responsible and closer environment.

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