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.
Europa City in Triangle de Gonesse, France by Manuelle Gautrand Architecture
May 23rd, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Manuelle Gautrand Architecture
Europa City is an ambitious project based on the idea of creating an absolute must and stop place, at the national and international scale. The objective is to show and explain the European features, country by country, with a project mixing retail, leisure and cultural activities. Each European country is shown through a specific location.
Dedicated to the French but also to all the tourists who come to visit Europe, the goal is to give a first vision of Europe, before continuing the trip.
Project is taking place in a complex site, along the motorway between the Charles de Gaule Airport in Roissy and Paris. With its very big program, around 500-600 000 sqm, the project is supposed to upgrade site and surroundings. The project will certainly be the beginning of a complete improvement of this north part of Paris linked to Roissy.
The architecture develops itself in a “star shape”, corresponding at the same time to several goals: to the program needs and to the context needs.
Each branch elongates itself into the landscape, allowing surroundings to be closer and mixed with indoors and outdoors programs.
Roof is a sort of technological skin, mixing in a sensible way a lot of sustainable goals: water is collected and recycled, solar energy is created with more than 20 000 sqm of photovoltaic cells, greenery protects and isolates indoors spaces. Some public spaces are created on the roof too, emphasizing beautiful views on the Parisian plain.
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