EUROPA CITY Proposal – Amalgam of Cultures and Topographies
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The competition proposal for Europa City by Manuelle Gautrand Architectureexists with the intent of producing a destination for Triangle de Gonesse that is not only French, but international in scope and aspirations. ”The goal is to give a first vision of Europe, before continuing the trip,” explained the architects
Conceived by Manuelle Gautrand Architects, the project translates the concept of multiculturality into a built environment that takes the shape of a series of intertwining loops. The rooftops are planted with foliage of differing scales and types, combined with a complex system for rainwater recycling and solar energy generation. It is a future city that aims to achieve cooperation and alliance through sustainability.
The project also serves as a study in urban planning as the 600,000 sqm + program requires extensive site planning on a complex site along the motorway between the Charles de Gaule Airport in Roissy and Paris. ”The project will certainly be the beginning of a complete improvement of this north part of Paris linked to Roissy,” explained Gautrand.
The project’s functions are distributed into specific areas for designated countries. A large, walkable green roof integrates the pavilion-like structure of the complex, and extends into the surrounding landscape. It combines strips of luscious vegetation with a renewable energy system. Over 20 000 sqm of photovoltaic cells are optimally positioned and, along with rainwater harvesting possibilities, help offset the ecological footprint of the city.