Parc de la Villette

Paris, France. 1982

  • Description

    Proposal for the first XXI century park together with the new Museum of Science and Techniques and a large music complex in a 55 ha area, result of the demolition of the old Parisian abattoirs.

    The Parc de la Villette is understood as another part of the city belonging to the urban structure of the “Quartier de La Villette”. The canal itself is integrated into the general scheme without fragmenting the park in two halves.The plantation of trees is the basis of the general urbanization of the park. At the same time, it accompanies the main circulatory scheme, it bounders different spaces in the programme. The trees outline creates a landscape with a unique personality in the shape of a fan. Tapering lines are introduced instead of using parallelism in order to create diversity of spaces. The East-façade consists of a linear residential building complex of 450 dwellings and an over-head walkway ‘supported’ by towers. The towers and buildings flank the street, acting as the centre of activities of the park, this street links the North and South entrances with the Square over the canal. The astronomical Garden has incorporated a special itinerary within the maze of the Discovery Gardens. The thematic Gardens are a morphological unity in the park, organized in terraces and linked by a water stream.

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    Joint first prize – Concours International Parc de la Villette
    Client: Ministère de Culture de France
    Budget: 550.000 euros