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  7. Development Banks of the Meurthe / Atelier Cite Architecture

Development Banks of the Meurthe / Atelier Cite Architecture

  • 01:00 - 5 March, 2013
Development Banks of the Meurthe / Atelier Cite Architecture
Development Banks of the Meurthe / Atelier Cite Architecture, © Michel Denancé
© Michel Denancé

© Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé + 47

  • Architects

  • Location

    9 Rue Alphonse Adam, 88110 Raon-l'Étape, France
  • Landscape

    ARPAE
  • Light Designer

    Scene Publique (Agathe Argod)
  • Structure

    Groupe Alto
  • Hydraulic

    SINBIO
  • Area

    20000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Michel Denancé
© Michel Denancé

Text description provided by the architects. Asking questions about the specific characteristics of a certain area, will not only ensure the protection of that area’s cultural heritage, but also how that cultural heritage can be used as a basis to shape a new landscape.

© Michel Denancé
© Michel Denancé

The town of Raon l'Etape encloses a green area along the banks of the river Meurthe. This area, abandoned for  a long period of time, is at the heart of a development project awarded by the town. 

© Michel Denancé
© Michel Denancé

The area of intervention defined by the project is delimited by the urban course of the river Meurte. By developing  both public and natural spaces the project will ensure a sustainable future for this zone.

© Michel Denancé
© Michel Denancé

The strategic position of this area allows the project to impact in several ways:
- By unifying the different entities which make up  the town of Raon l'Etape and thus involving the whole community.
- By developing, and installing new ways of transportation permitting a true alternative to the domination of the town by cars.
- By providing a  potential base for leisure activities and tourism. 
- Finally, the new development encourages a continuity and enhancement of the links between the town of the future and it’s cultural heritage.

© Michel Denancé
© Michel Denancé

The project has moved forward step by step: the first phase - rewarded by the prize “amenagement du Moniteur-2009”-  was followed by a second building phase which is currently drawing to a close.

© Michel Denancé
© Michel Denancé

The development fits in with the town's geography and uses discreet effects to highlight the uniqueness  and the atmosphere of the area. 

© Michel Denancé
© Michel Denancé

The 1st phase confirms the zone’s continuity with the town centre by its strict mineral structures, while the 2nd  phase underlines the presence of  leisure activities (swimming pool, family gardens, allotments, fishing...) already established on the river banks natural landscape but also proposes new use of the area :

-A large beach for leisure activities and a space to relax  also serves as a zone for flood control and for the creation of  a canoeing area. -Gentle walkways encourage  the use of the river banks by the inhabitants of Raon l'Etape.

© Michel Denancé
© Michel Denancé

The project for the banks of the Meurthe  was conceived to comply with the concept of sustainability  which would facilitate any future expansion of the area. Careful management of the river bank’s  vegetation encourages the natural stability of the banks, limits erosion and allow for diversification  of the specific local flora.

© Michel Denancé
© Michel Denancé

The lighting project responds to various requirements;  to show the developed area at its best and to create a night lighting atmosphere which  respects the  security of the area,  protection of the environment and energy saving. The concept of sustainable development is the basis of the lighting project for Raon l'Etape.

© Michel Denancé
© Michel Denancé

The intentional  minimalism for this part of the project leads to a limitation of the illuminated points in the lit area and the acceptance of some darker areas in the centre of the town : for example the Meurthe river itself remains dark and would reflect as a mirror.

© Michel Denancé
© Michel Denancé

The lighting project at Raon l'Etape resolves  a paradox of our times: giving adequate night illumination  to certain zones, underlining the character of other aspects of the development and using saving energy techniques.  

© Michel Denancé
© Michel Denancé

The underlying concepts are:
-The project set-up optimises the overall energy consumption by  using materials with a high luminous efficiency, dazzle control, adapting the height and length of the lighting units in order to limit the number of illuminated points...
-Limitation of maintenance by choosing lights with a long life span, choosing a variety of lighting systems to increase the longevity of the installation. 
-Finally, use of materials, such as wooden posts for example, which have a low environmental impact for their manufacture and transport.

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Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Development Banks of the Meurthe / Atelier Cite Architecture" 05 Mar 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/340042/development-banks-of-the-meurthe-atelier-cite-architecture/> ISSN 0719-8884
© Michel Denancé

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