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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Covered walkway in Tourcoing, France by Atelier9.81

December 9th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Atelier9.81

The city of Tourcoing is now the heart of a major restructuring, initiated several years ago. All public spaces, roads, squares are completely redesigned and includes a large shopping mall cinemas will soon be inaugurated. In this context, metro, tram and bus station combine to offer a real multi-modality.

Images Courtesy Julien Lanoo

  • Architect: Atelier9.81
  • Name of Project: Covered walkway
  • Location: Tourcoing, France
  • Project management: Workshop 9.81, urban architects, Geoffrey Cédric Michel Galand + Architects, Lucie Vandenbunder, IOSISgroup, BE GP
  • Client: City renewed SEM

Images Courtesy Julien Lanoo

  • Type: Walkway between two urban squares
  • Project area: 150 m2 of covered walkway
  • Budget: 400 000 Euros H.T.
  • Planning: Delivered in September 2010
  • Copyright photos: Julien Lanoo


Images Courtesy Julien Lanoo

The project’s pedestrian downtown Tourcoing finds its reason for being in this relationship directly between modes of transport (bus station on one side and tram and metro the other) between the place of Dr. Red Square and the Charles and Albert Roussel.

The walkway is part of a row of town houses of the same nature, replacing one of them. For this breach of alignment, pedestrian asserted visually with the color red orange implementation of the gears and found the formation of a glass facade plan backlit at night.

Images Courtesy Julien Lanoo

Interfering with the vacuum created, the project consists of a canopy representing an origami urban. Thin sheet of Alucobon graphic signage media thinking for this project. Unfolded on the depth of the plot of 20 meters and a width of 4.5 meters, the sheet undergoes various complex folds and elevation changes, giving it its uniqueness.

The roof ends in a remarkable way to signal the pedestrian crossing from the tram terminus and the entrance of the mall and the metro. The flooring of the passage is paved with gray granite, in the continuity of the development of public spaces across the city center.


Images Courtesy Julien Lanoo

Images Courtesy Julien Lanoo

Images Courtesy Julien Lanoo

Images Courtesy Julien Lanoo

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