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MVRDV Releases New Images of 600 Hectare "La Grande Mosaïque" Masterplan in Caen

10:45 - 8 February, 2016
MVRDV Releases New Images of 600 Hectare "La Grande Mosaïque" Masterplan in Caen, © MVRDV
© MVRDV

After two years of further development, MVRDV has released new images of their masterplan for Caen in Normandy, "La Grande Mosaïque." The masterplan, which was first revealed in May 2013, re-envisions a 600 hectare area of the center of Caen and the Caen Peninsula, connecting the city to the neighboring towns of Hérouville Saint-Clair and Mondeville.

The design attempts to counter the effects of the area's de-industrialization, integrating historic and environmental elements of the area into the new masterplan. The release of these new images also marks the opening of an exhibition of the design, which will be on public display in "Le Pavillon" in the old city port until the 13th March 2016 in an attempt to engage local residents.

© MVRDV © MVRDV © MVRDV © MVRDV +23

Reconstruction Of Exhibition Center Hall 2 / Jean-François Schmit

02:00 - 10 July, 2015
Reconstruction Of Exhibition Center Hall 2 / Jean-François Schmit, Courtesy of Jean-François Schmit
Courtesy of Jean-François Schmit
  • Architects

  • Location

    Caen, France
  • Partners

    Sogeti Ingénierie (BET TCE), Cabinet Jaillet-Rouby (Steel Framing)
  • Area

    8700.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Jean-François Schmit

Courtesy of Jean-François Schmit Courtesy of Jean-François Schmit Courtesy of Jean-François Schmit Courtesy of Jean-François Schmit +10

OMA Breaks Ground on BMVR Library in Caen

01:00 - 10 July, 2013
Courtesy of OMA
Courtesy of OMA

Construction has begun on OMA’s competition-winning proposal for the BMVR (Bibliothèque Multimédia à Vocation Régionale) Library in northern France. Located at the tip of a peninsula in an old industrial port area of Caen, the 13,000 square meter public library is shaped by four protruding wings that point towards four of the city’s landmarks: l'Abbaye aux Hommes, l'Abbaye aux Dames, the train station to the south and a new urban development to the west.

More on BMVR after the break...

MVRDV Wins Competition to Redesign 600ha of Caen

00:00 - 2 May, 2013
MVRDV Wins Competition to Redesign 600ha of Caen, © MVRDV
© MVRDV

Stretching beyond the natural constraints of Presqu’ile de Caen and into the neighboring towns of Mondeville and Hérouville Saint Clair, MVRDV’s competition-winning vision will transform 600ha of industrial brown fields into a collection of gardens punctuated by a mosaic of urban settlements. This ambition, titled ‘La Grande Mosaique’, is strongly based on respect for the existing structures and defined by small scale interventions that will result in a large scale structure vision for Greater Caen.

The proposal was selected from three submittals by the public development agency SPLA for being, as Caen Mayor Philippe Duron describes, the “most impressive plan”. It was commended by the jury for its “fresh view” on urbanism.

New Law Courts of Caen Competition Entry / be baumschlager eberle

22:00 - 2 February, 2013
Rendering by RSI-Studio
Rendering by RSI-Studio

With urbanistic planning in mind, the proposal by Baumschlager Eberle for the law courts of Caen redefines a new domain in the center of the city. In collaboration with Atelier d’Architecture Pierre Champenois, the shape of the building agrees not only with the tradition but of course with the more complex duties of law courts in the 21st century. An orthogonal pattern constitutes the base for the organization of the needs of the law courts. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Caen Services Building / RemingtonStyle

01:00 - 10 March, 2011
Caen Services Building / RemingtonStyle, © Stéphane Chalmeau
© Stéphane Chalmeau
  • Architects

  • Location

    Caen, France
  • Architects

    Pierre Frinault & David Jouquand
  • Quantity Surveyor

    ITE, C. Michel
  • Environnement Studies

    RFR élements, B. Cimerman
  • Energy And Thermical Studies

    Delta Fluides, J. Poisson
  • Area

    470.0 sqm
  • Photographs

© Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau +20

MVRDV will design Caen's port refurbishment

12:30 - 8 March, 2011

Caen was destroyed during the Second World War and has been restored since, the Presqu’ile project is considered its second restoration. The 300ha Presqu’ile de Caen is located between the city centre and the sea and occupied by industrial structures among which some industrial monuments. MVRDV joined forces with French architect Diagram experienced in the site, landscape architect Territoires and engineering firm IOSIS. The project is a vision of the future based on research and for this the team also comprises of Swiss sociologist Philippe Cabane and Pro-Developpement, a company specialist in development strategy.