The Centre of New Industries and Technologies (French: Centre des nouvelles industries et technologies, better known as the CNIT), located in Puteaux, France, is one of the first buildings built in La Défense, near Paris, France. It functions as convention centre, though it also houses shops and offices such as Fnac (a media and electronics retailer found throughout France), ESSEC Business School campus for executive education, as well as a Hilton hotel 1).
In June 2020, François Schuiten announced he will do a scenography for the CNIT of La Défense: “Je viens de gagner un concours avec un architecte pour scénographier le CNIT de La Défense, cet immense voile de béton, qui accueillera une nouvelle gare du Grand Paris. Des milliers de m2 auxquels il faut donner une identité” 2).
In one of La Défense's most iconic buildings a new part will be build: the CNIT Forest venue for conferences and events. A unique, exotic destination equipped with state-of-the-art technology that immerses visitors in a subterranean forest of digital trees.
Schuiten: “The concept behind CNIT Forest was inspired by the CNIT itself. We sought to recapture the distinctive elegance of this unique soaring vault with its three pillars.To create our luminous forest, we drew on the CNIT’s curved, elongated shape, reminiscent of the natural world. It was also important for us to build on the original architects’ engineering achievements: illuminated by thousands of LEDs, the CNIT Forest is a dynamic, vibrant setting that can be adapted to create a unique ambiance for each event hosted at the site. Following in the footsteps of CNIT's daring designers, we wanted to invite visitors into a enchanting space: a unique underground forest grove” 3)