In the middle, a river flows.

In the middle, a river flows.


Between density and nature. The subtle intricacy of scales for a new insular identity (Melun, France).

Authors: Marion Lapierre Auber and Rémi Granet

Year : 2015

Function: Urban strategy and mixed programs.

Site location: Melun, France.

Nationality: French

University / Institution : ENSA Paris-Malaquais, Paris, France.

Tutors: Jean-Pierre Pranlas-Descours, Margaux Darrieus et Adrien Lambert.

Contacts:  Marion Lapierre Auber: marion.lapierre.auber@gmail.com.

Marion’s portfolio available here: http://fr.calameo.com/read/00442597302ad7fb2b65b

 

Awaken potentials. From the old prison to a new identity.

Marion and Rémi’s project deals with the mutation of the Saint Etienne Island, a main part of the  historic center of the city of Melun. One third of this area is currently occupied by a prison from the XIXth century. Considered too old, the local authorities are wishing to close the jail, that would free 30 000m2 in the city center. Therefore, Marion Lapierre Auber and Rémi Granet have seized this opportunity to propose a new urban planning strategy, and to transform this territory on various scales.

Between density and nature, local and regional scales.

The quality of their proposal surely lies in its capacity to combine different levels of intervention to generate the new insular identity. The historical richness of Melun, the diversity of its close and farther environment, its situation between city and nature, at the crossroads of the parisian metropolis and the inner country, were many elements to consider. Nevertheless, Melun is still perceived as a suburban city – in the negative sense of the term- , struggling to find its place in the current metropolitan landscape.

The new implementation proposed by Marion and Remi seeks to associate built environment and natural context. Nature is established at the core of the planning strategy, as the river that recovers its prominent role in the local life, like it used to be in the past. This emblematic natural element becomes a major soft mobilities development axis, and promotes new urban lifestyles between density, green areas and riversides. According to Marion and Rémi, “If the tip of the island was to be a new heart, the river would be its spine that would connect the large dense city landscape and the various urban strata of the city”. In conclusion, the transformation of the riversides activates unreleased urban situations where the urban development and the enhancement of various natural elements interact in a constantly present landscape.

 

Concept diagramme. Territorial scale. © Marion Lapierre Auber and Rémi Granet

Concept diagram. City scale. © Marion Lapierre Auber and Rémi Granet

Large-scale model © Marion Lapierre Auber and Rémi Granet

Climbing wall under the bridge along the river © Marion Lapierre Auber and Rémi Granet

The riversides after transformation © Marion Lapierre Auber and Rémi Granet

The new cultural center along the river © Marion Lapierre Auber and Rémi Granet

The new cultural center along the river © Marion Lapierre Auber and Rémi Granet

Outdoor view of the new market © Marion Lapierre Auber and Rémi Granet

Interior view of the new market © Marion Lapierre Auber and Rémi Granet

Interior view of the new thermal baths © Marion Lapierre Auber and Rémi Granet

Transformation of the prison. Here the new library © Marion Lapierre Auber and Rémi Granet

New office building and public space © Marion Lapierre Auber and Rémi Granet