Architects : Marta Mendonça & Gonzalo Galindo in association with Chaix et Morel et associès Client : SEGECE , Klepierre Programme : Sport center – Commercial center Budget : 43.4 M euros HT Status : Restricted competition – First Prize in phase 1
The issue of installing a program in the 4e travée of the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie cannot be analyzed exclusively by taking into account the principle criteria that are in general the head lines of shopping malls or leisure zones.
The project proposes, an urban liaison and not an exclusive rearrangement of the 4e travée , it proposes an open up processto the la Villette park towards east, answering to a re-equilibrium of flux and circulations, creating a new structure and attractiveness link between the Cité, its north entrance and the city.
The intervention respects and extends the logic implemented in the La Villette Park, which allows the integration of equipments of different natures and various architectures in one same site. Following, the architecture proposed is simple and worked through the use of large and well characterised outdoor spaces, hard surfaces and green terraces. On this support, volumes sheltering commercial and sport activities install themselves.
The structure of these volumes of vegetable motive, are itself the skin of the volume and have different tones of colours depending on the program it shelters. The existent of these artificial vegetal volumes give unity to the promenade of the new program.