manuelle gautrand architecture: europacity competition proposal image © luxigon all images courtesy of manuelle gautrand

 

 

the europacity competition to develop the gonesse triangle has yielded compelling ideas about the urbanistic fabric of the future. despite the recent unveiling of BIG’s winning entry, french architect manuelle gautrand‘s proposal posits a unified vision of european urban identity with lifted scroll-like swirls in the landscape under which a variously mixed program is tucked. the masterplan  includes a network of six volute-shaped, habitable, grassy plains that both probe and invite the complex suburban site. while the proposal aims for a link to paris, the projects embeds itself into the plot with a technological skin that hybridizes publicly accessible and abstracted greenery with a plethora of sustainable mechanisms; among them an expansive water collection system, photovoltaic panels, and protective vegetation. the project supersedes a mere reclamation of the bucolic terrain, rather it is an architectural assertion of macrocosm and microcosm using a constellation of circular planes and voids. trains and other large-scale transportation infrastructure is to wrap around the elongated plains and tie the 500-600 000 sqm retail, leisure and cultural activity to that of grand paris.   

 

 

the architects speaks about her vision for europacity (video in french)

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manuelle gautrand architecture: europacity competition proposal

open air spaces delineated by the voids between the grassy, volute-shaped paths

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manuelle gautrand architecture: europacity competition proposal

under each part of the lifted landscape is a plethora of retail and leisure programming

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manuelle gautrand architecture: europacity competition proposal

promenades are both covered and open-air

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manuelle gautrand architecture: europacity competition proposal

the project is pointedly in debt to the idea of landscape, evident in the norden platz above 

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manuelle gautrand architecture: europacity competition proposal

urbanistic infrastructure in form of boulevards and public transport wraps around the thickened swirls

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manuelle gautrand architecture: europacity competition proposal

model view

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manuelle gautrand architecture: europacity competition proposal

plan view

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project info:

 

name: europa cityclient: immochanlocation : triangle de gonesse, franceprogram: retails, shopping mall, leisure and cultural activities, indoor and outdoor sports activities, hotels, offices, convention center, a.s.o.area: 600.000 sqm (building) + 700.000 sqm (landscape and outdoor activities)dates: international competition – 2011-2012consultant: franck boutté (sustainable), d. besson-girard (landscape), troisième pôle (cultural consultant), snc lavalin (public space engineering), vanguard (qs).architectural team: olivier evrard, project manager