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In Paris, A Restaurant With A Living Façade Brings The Forest Into The City
By Dorothy Tan, 28 May 2013
French architect and former graffiti artist Stephane Malka has created a fascinating living façade, for Parisian restaurant EP7, out of raw wood to promote the organic growth of plant life.
Effectively bringing a slice of nature, in the form of a growing “forest”, into the metropolis, this unusual piece of architecture draws reference between a teeming fauna eco-system and the bustling urban center.
"This place evokes the notion of myth, a return to original architecture, abstract landscape of a lost paradise, an evocation of a mountain, a cave, a forest and clearing. [It] stimulates the desire to reconnect to the earth along with the built environment by generating a new relationship, more harmonious, between man and nature. It is a referrend to land art, but in the city, an urban art that became affiliated with the earth."
Featuring a pixelated, uneven surface made with pieces of inter-locking wooden modules, this lively skin of the building is filled with countless nooks and crannies for greenery to flourish.
This constantly morphing green wall is built around a modern glass enclosure—in which the restaurant is located—creating a distinct nature-meets-urban atmosphere.
[via Design Boom]
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