Designed as an experimental hybrid between urbanism and landscape design, BIG’s proposal is a winning entry for EuropaCity. Along with fellow team members Tess, Transsolar, Base, Transitec and Michel Forgue, Denmark based architectural office will be in charge for designing the new urban center in France, between Paris and Roissy. It will be a mixture of retail, culture and leisure, gathered around the defining theme of the European urban experience, diversity and culture.
The winning proposal is a sustainable urban form, combining dense city with an open landscape and is predestined to become a cultural and commercial gathering point for surrounding cities. Recreational areas, hiking paths and urban farming found its place at the accessible green roof that covers the whole city. The vast roof features allow visitors to experience the panoramic views of central Paris and La Defense skylines.
The new contemporary urban settlement is designed as a laboratory for sustainable technologies and experimental ground for viable green tech implementations which not only save energy but improve the quality of urban environment. The chain of culture and leisure programs like concert halls, skiing hill, swimming pools and urban farming form an urban ecosystem where the resources feed each other. Waste heat form retail is channeled into leisure spas, water is reused for irrigation. EuropaCity is actually going to provide the surrounding neighborhoods with district heating and cooling. The development will be powered with the powerful combination of solar, biofuel and geothermal energy.
The winning team fought off competition from Snøhetta, Manuelle Gautrand and Valode & Pistre.