Sustainability Week on WCN: French stadium to be converted into a ‘green lung’

Vania Goncalves 14 Oct 2016 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Maison Edouard François in partnership with ABC Architects has been chosen to transform the former Ray stadium in Nice, France, into a mixed-use development that will provide the city with a ‘green lung’.

The Ray, to be located between the Gorbella Boulevard and the future Ray Park, will include the construction of 300 apartments and 6,000sq m of commercial space, as well as sports facilities, landscaped gardens and parking.

The 21,000sq m development, according to Maison Edouard François, will be offering the city a ‘new green lung'.

Edouard François, founder of Maison Edouard François, said: “The project will introduce a lot of nature in this urban area, so people will breath better.”

He added: “The park will enter seamlessly into the city block at the same level.
It will stretch over all of the buildings of our neighbourhood, covering the façades and roofs.”

Furthermore, the façades will host climbing, flowering plants and the rooftops will be planted.

The presence of nature will be further enhanced by ‘a construction’ to be raised and placed on pilotis in the interior of the city block.

The Ray’s design has been inspired by the ‘Niçois landscape’ and recreates the form of a green hill, where vegetation is combined with stone and wood.

François added: “It thus constitutes a bridge between the urban and the natural — on the one side, there are the constructions of Boulevard Gorbella, on the other, the vegetation of the park.”

The project, targeting LEED and BREEAM certification, will also feature rainwater harvesting, urban agriculture and recyclable materials. Additionally, the apartments will open on two or three opposite sides to avoid the use of air conditioning.

The Ray is expected to be finished by 2018.

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