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.
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.
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.
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.”
Lead architect: MVRDV
Co-architect: Diagram Architecture
Landscape architects: Territoires
Urbanists: Pro Devéloppment
Infrastructure Specialists: Egis
Sociologist: Philippe Cabane
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By Shahin Shirvani