The town of Bagneux, a commune of nearly 39,000 inhabitants, located about 2 km to the south-west of Paris, is about to undergo a profound transformation. A major transport node is planned at the intersection of the extension of the metro line 4 and the new line 15 of the Greater Paris Express planned to open in stages through to 2023.
The commune, where this future station will be located, is gearing up for the changes to come, with the planned development of the Victor Hugo eco-neighbourhood, reflecting the new ambitions of the inhabitants.
The main aims of the urban plan are to:
– Establish the station as the focal point of the district
– Promote job creation and economic development
– Define a new scale for the area based on intermediate-sized construction
– Define an optimum density in the station vicinity, and encourage diversity of programmes and a social mix
– Reinforce the connections between neighbourhoods
– Promote green spaces and planting, and establish a green framework
– Mark the approach to the neighbourhood by a confident architectural language
– Integrate environmental recommendations
Station hub: a new urban centre for Bagneux
With the arrival of the metro line 4 and the Greater Paris Express, a public square, with dimensions to match its new status, is envisaged at the heart of the urban project. The new scheme will open and connect the station complex towards the northern districts. It will channel the local traffic, and reduce through traffic, giving improved access by public transport to the new neighbourhood.
In the context of a rapidly evolving neighbourhood, the Îlot du Théâtre urban block will offer a mix of uses including offices, dwellings, cultural facilities and services. It will be a place of openness and unification on an urban scale. In this spirit, the theatre, the new crèche and, above all, the public spaces will present strong identities to encourage the meeting and exchange between the different communities of Bagneux. The project involves the construction of a new road network between Avenue Victor Hugo and Rue Jean-Marin Naudin, becoming a structuring element connecting the new spaces of the district. The first section will be a reduced speed zone where pedestrians and cyclists will have right of way, changing to two-way traffic to facilitate access to the various premises.
Beginning on Avenue Victor Hugo, Place du Theatre will be the new square of the existing theatre. This space will be structured around a large central esplanade for the organisation of functions, shows and cultural events. The enveloping gardens, planted with lines of trees and perennials, will provide quiet, shady places to sit, away from the activity.
The project preserves and respects the character of the existing Anglo-Chinese-style garden by adding to the richness of the planting and maintaining the routes that cross it. The existing planting is enhanced and consolidated to create different ambiances such as the groves, the flower gardens, the meadow, the Anglo-Chinese garden, the small square, the playground and the shared garden.
More than a park, the heart of the Îlot du Théâtre will offer inhabitants of all ages a place to appropriate and use as their own.
– Client: Semaba / Bagneux local authority
Project Design Team:
– Architecture and Landscape: Arte Charpentier Architectes (Henri De Rubercy, Romuald Grall, Nathalie Leroy, Pauline Rabin Le Gall, Nicolas Simon)
Technical Design Consultants:
– HQE: Penicaud green building
– Mobility and traffic: Codra
– Structural: Terrell
– Civil engineering: Berim
– Title: Victor Hugo Eco-neighbourhood
– Postcode: 92 220
– Town: Bagneux
– Area: 19 hectares
Photo credits: DR Arte Charpentier Architectes