Espace Libre: The «Grand Ensemble» neighborhoods in France had been planned on the basis of the principles of the Athens Charter. The application of these principles led to the realization of an amount of ambiguous open spaces, where the common areas weren’t clearly organized in public and private spaces. A strong and innovative design of these residential habitats is paramount for the future of urban planning.
The private spaces of the Alfortville «Grand Ensemble» have been completely rearranged, in order to free up a large pivotal public space, which will reinforce the neighbourhood urban structure. Moreover, the renewed layout of pedestrian paths will improve the connection with the principal roads of the town. A main axis will cross the area from North to South, resulting in a natural connection between boulevard d’Erevan and rue de Londres. A linear park has been created alongside the six hundred meters long path.
A succession of multi-ages playground areas is placed in the very central part of the main axis, in close proximity to the green spaces. In the southern part of the «Grand Ensemble», a toddlers’ playground designed by Espace Libre, has been realized in the first phase of the urban rehabilitation program.
A large and unitary lawn is given to the people of the neighbourhood, allowing to accentuate the sensation of living into a park.
The force lines of the design, the shapes and the materials reflect the image of the very distinctive modernist architecture of the «Grand Ensemble». A rich, but still neglected, heritage will be better appreciated from the inhabitants and the visitors.
Landscape Architecture: Espace Libre
Design Year: 2013-2015
Year of Construction: 2015-2016
Area: 2500 m²
Budget: 2 000 000 euros
Chief of the public planning bureau: Karim Amokrane
Credit phtography: Julien Falsimagne