sou fujimoto, laisné roussel, and cino zucchi form part of a team led by lambert lénack architects, which has been selected to build a new neighborhood near the french city of nice. the competition-winning project, titled ‘joia méridia’, outlines plans for a mixed-use development organized around vibrant public spaces. in total, the masterplan includes 800 residential units, a range of retail outlets, offices, and a hotel.

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méridia tower by sou fujimoto architects

 

 

the international and multidisciplinary team, which has been coordinated by lambert lénack architects, comprises work by sou fujimoto, cino zucchi, chartier dalix, laisné roussel, anouk matecki, roland carta, and landscape architect alain faragou. the brief called for a proposal that was inspired by the region’s vernacular architecture as well its mediterranean climate. the integration of vegetation was also an important factor, with a vegetable garden, an aromatic plant garden, and an experimental garden all included.

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the view from méridia tower by sou fujimoto architects

 

 

the development is structured around a network of three public spaces: the metropolitan square, surrounded by a succession of high-rise buildings, including sou fujimoto’s ‘méridia tower’; méridia plaza, a reinterpretation of nice’s traditional squares; and the patio, an intimate courtyard set within a wellness center designed by laisné roussel. it is hoped that the project, which represents an investment of €275 million, will be completed within six years, with the first buildings opening in 2021.

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metropolitan square

destination meridia méridia plaza — looking towards lambert lénack architects’ contribution

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méridia plaza

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méridia plaza, with a view of chartier dalix’s contribution

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the university road, project by anouk matecki

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the commercial avenue, project by anouk matecki

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metropolitan square with a view of cino zucchi’s design

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the wellness center, designed by laisné roussel

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the building adjoining the patio is designed by carta associés, with landscape architect alain faragou also involved

 

 

project info:

 

surface area: 73,500 sqm / 791,147 sqf
developer: pitch promotion — eiffage immobilier- SODES
architect coordinator: lambert lénack architects
architects: sou fujimoto, chartier dalix, laisné roussel, cino zucchi, anouk matecki, carta associés, alain faragou, landscape architect
experts: betem / even conseil / G2I / ingerop/ manifesto / office for cities / vigilia
commercial operators: hoops factory / interparking / le five / merci oscar / monoprix / obut carré pétanque / plateau urbain / privilodge / réside etudes SIESHE / terre de monaco

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