3/08/2011

MRDV selected for the design of Caen's refurbishment, France

The city of Caen, France, announced March, the 1st, MVRDV and two teams, Djamel Klouche and François Leclercq to design the refurbishment. This old industrial area and port has a total of 300 hectares and is located in the Caen Peninsula, Basse-Normandie, France.
Aerial view of Caen, France. Originally appeared on François Leclercq Architects

MVRDV has been selected for its innovative urbanism and involvement in Grand Paris. MVRDV is currently involved in the Atelier du Grand Paris envisioning the future of the French Capital. In Bordeaux MVRDV is working on the transformation of the industrial site Bastide Niel into an urban district with 2600 homes and facilities. MVRDV joined forces with French architect Diagram experienced in the site, landscape architect Territoires and engineering firm IOSIS. The project is a vision of the future based on research and for this the team also comprises of Swiss sociologist Philippe Cabane and Pro-Development, a company specialist in development strategy.

Djamel Klouche has been chosen for the Copenhagen port extension which he is in charge with SLETH, François Leclercq for his involvement in the Euromediterranee project in Marseille.

The city of Caen has been destroyed during the Second World War and has been restored since, the Presquile project is considered its second restoration.  The 300-hectare Caen Peninsula is located between the city centre the sea and occupied by industrial structures among which some industrial monuments.

The three teams will collaborate for the coming four years on a vision of the future of the capital of Basse-Normandie in the French Departement Calvados.


source: MVRDV

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