Paris architecture firm Jakob + MacFarlane has designed a retractable wood and glass exhibition hall for the Saint-Denis area of Paris. As a winning project in the C40 international "Reinventing Cities" competition, the project was made to reflect the historical industrial heritage of the surrounding context. Dubbed Odyssee Pleyel, the hall aims to showcase thought-leadership in carbon-neutral development and the global clean energy transition. The team, working in partnership with EDF, presented the urban and architectural project to be representative of zero-carbon energy solutions. The project will 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. Odyssée Pleyel is a model building that can be adapted to climate change, in Saint-Denis and other metropolises: a modular and reversible wooden extension, integrated with a greenhouse and solar panels which are attached to the existing building. Thanks to the latter, this former industrial site will become a self-sufficient producer of renewable energy.
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