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Breathe Better in This Plant-Covered Hotel in Paris

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A very green hotel and hostel will open on the bank of the river Seine.

An eco-luxury hotel in Paris’ Rive Gauche neighborhood is in the works. Designed by Japanese-based firm Kengo Kuma & Associates, the plant-covered lodgings will add much-needed lush greenery to the urban Avenue de France.

The project, which is called 1hotel, will include both a 140-room/23-suite 4-star hotel, and a 44-room/179-bed youth hostel. The project is slated to be complete by 2022.

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The exterior of the innovative and sustainable structure will be composed of overlapping wooden blocks arranged vertically so that plants can grow between them; renderings of the complex show copious foliage all across the building’s facade. Blending with its locale, the balconies on the street-facing side will be modeled after traditional Parisian balconies.

The complex will also feature swimming pool, a number of large terraces, a bar/co-working space, and an expansive garden at the center.

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