Seguin Island / Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Courtesy of Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Jean Nouvel was chosen as the lead urban architect and coordinator for the Seguin Island project in July of 2009. Here we are sharing with you the Ateliers Jean Nouvel team master plan for Seguin Island in , .

A diverse group of programs will make up the spaces, total surface area of 300,000 sqm, including cultural, retail, social facilites, parks, gardens, terraces serving as a destination for both residents and tourists. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2010 and final completion is expected for the end of 2023.

Follow the break for a video and renderings by Ateliers Jean Nouvel.

Architects: Ateliers Jean Nouvel
Location: Seguin Island, Boulogne-Billancourt, France
Project Area: 300,000 sqm
Renderings: Courtesy of Ateliers Jean Nouvel

plan program

From the architects:
Seguin Island is reborn.  It will become a major destination in Paris.  Its attractiveness is due to a totally exceptional programming in the total mix of programs: culture, commerce, social meeting places for urban parks, gardens, terraces, platforms … which will make it a lively place both day and night:

- A large complex of two music rooms, one of 3,000 to 5,000, the second seating 800, built by the General Council of Hauts de Seine … (to be completed by you)

- A cultural hub of fine art and digital composed of a contemporary art foundation, an arts portal with sales areas, galleries, artist studios … (to be completed by you)

- A museum or equipment: Maison de l’Histoire de France or other collection, one or the other but may be one or the other.

- A vibrant and diverse commercial structure along a street of 400 meters and passages linking the banks of the Seine and large squares gardens are complemented by hotels, restaurants and cinema complex extended to the fields of image , sports, and arts …

- Headquarters of differentiated identity, that make it a prestigious address across the city

Courtesy of Ateliers Jean Nouvel

- A central park, large garden greenhouse 450 meters long, business, hosting a plant unknown in the Paris region, it will be connected to many places and planted terraces at different heights at different horizons (7 hectares). These green spaces set the stage for an eco neighborhood that aims to foreshadow the lifestyle of the next decades of the twenty-first century.

Seguin Island is served by an automated metro, tramway and river shuttles. A large loading ramp characterize the north quay of the island between the bridges Daydé and Renault.

Seguin Island is the flagship of the valley of the culture …

The Seguin Island embodies the important link of the Seine across the metropolis, as has been shown all urban studies established through consultation with the Greater Paris.

The Seguin Island project demonstrates a new way of thinking the city in the urban plan based on principles of body types, shapes and sequences of spaces and using different types of buildings. This is not a simple program with densities, is a blend strategic design that will incorporate, on the basis of a precise specification, architecture projects to come.

Cite: Minner, Kelly. "Seguin Island / Ateliers Jean Nouvel" 28 Dec 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 May 2015. <>
  • Holcim Awards US

    Seems like an interesting mixed use development on an old industrial site. Sounds promising. It would be great if sustainability was one of the overarching themes of the design.

    Enter your projects to the Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction.

  • JR

    Is anyone else getting tired and frustrated by this vague and non-commital presentation style?

    [ I'm talking about the 'renderings' built up with translucent layers of photo-montaging... (But I'm also very sceptical about the current trend of highly simplified programmatic diagramming!) ]

    Is there a tree/wall/other there or not? Honestly, I fully understand the desire for that evocative ‘ethereal’ image to seduce, but I would personally prefer to see something similar to what the proposed design might actually look like!

    It may seem like I’m being a bit anal, but in my opinion, every ‘object’ turned into a translucent haze for the benefit of the presentation drawing is a design decision avoided, which may affect the experience that users of the built spaces are able to receive.

    I would be interesting to know what others think about this?

    • d9me

      Since its a programmatic urban-morphology plan with “architecture projects to come”, honestly, I don`t quite understand why you prefer to see the actual design of the buildings?
      Off course, there is a need for a much more detailed elaboration of the buildings, but not in this stage of planning.

      • JR

        I know, I know – I agree to an extent, but I was talking about the presentation style more generally, not solely in the context of this project.

        Since you mention that it is a ‘programmatic urban-morphology’ plan however, I must however reiterate my frustration at the current trend of highly simplified programmatic diagramming also!

        The hours spent on the project as we see it here are surely 99% renders and 1% on the programmatic diagrams. They are even more so terrifyingly vague!

        Furthermore, if as you say that a more detailed elaboration of the buildings is only necessary at a later stage, I would question the allocation of time spent, and emphasis of the presentation. Maybe I ‘prefer to see the actual design of the buildings’ because that is what my attention is drawn to in this collection of images?

  • anon

    Sweet Odin’s Raven, those buidlings are made of vapors!

  • Oscarinho

    I totally agree with JR. Although I think the project can be good, for me theses pictures are beautiful, but I cant understand the project. If you take out all the transparency, the buildings are just big boxes without design.

  • shetu

    good renders, can’t say anything about the building. its clearly visible neither in renders nor in models.

  • Scott

    We need to be making more models to present to clients. Fly-through’s and renderings are great but there is something that can be dishonest about them while trying to show space. There is a lot of art in making renderings and can have great effects showing the quality of a space. But will that space really be that way when its built?

  • / Biljana

    I agree with JR