GRANDE MOSAïQUE

MVRDV released a new image of their Master Plan in Caen, Normandy. The project was first introduced in May 2013 as a re-visualization of central region of Caen Peninsula creating a connection between Caen, Hérouville Saint-Clair and Mondeville.

Courtesy of MVRDV

Courtesy of MVRDV

This Masterplan included traits of historical and environmental roots of region as well as the attempt to address the aftermath of de-industrialization in the area. The design consists of mixed-use buildings, offices, houses, public spaces and infrastructures providing public spaces around the buildings with community areas between the new design and the old parts and a network of secondary streets.

Courtesy of MVRDV

Courtesy of MVRDV

The design is based upon the offset as a spatial planning tool. Outcome would be described as an urban form of a kind of native hedgerow called ‘bocage’, in order to get the region to its pre-industrial period.

Courtesy of MVRDV

Courtesy of MVRDV

 The Masterplan was described by its designers as a “highly progressive in its scope, ambition and context,” and an “aiming for a beautiful urban valley abundant with hedges in the heart of Normandy.”

 

Courtesy of MVRDV

Courtesy of MVRDV

Project info:
Lead architect: MVRDV
Co-architect: Diagram Architecture
Landscape architects: Territoires
Urbanists: Pro Devéloppment
Infrastructure Specialists: Egis
Sociologist: Philippe Cabane
Model Maker: Made by Mistake

 By Shahin Shirvani

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