La Ville Forêt
Grenoble

Project Data
First Prize: International Competition

Client
Municipality of Grenoble
Design
2000
Program
1,700 housing units
50,000 m2 mixed-use program
2,500 car parking places
Site area
14 ha

Project overview
On an industrial site in Grenoble, this prize-winning project is an attempt to seed a new, high-density ‘urban ecology’, to attract back into the city people who are escaping to the suburbs for more private space and a higher standard of living.

There was a dichotomy between the municipality’s desire for high-quality spatial openness on the site, and the fact that a high-density urban solution was the only way to achieve economic viability. This posed the greatest challenge to re-development of the site.

This challenge was coupled with S333’s ambition to retain the industrial identity of the area. The site’s attraction lies in the intimate qualities of the streets, in the architectural quality of the industrial buildings and monuments and in the intriguing arrangement of courtyards and wild garden spaces between buildings.

S333 proposed a double strategy to resolve this issue: to introduce slim, vertical housing blocks across the site, while working very specifically on a small-scale regeneration strategy to ‘re-colonise’ the industrial terrain with activities, public spaces, work studios, atelier spaces and gardens.

The requirement for a wide range of apartment types is accommodated within the towers and combined with car parking, collective gardens and a leisure/work programme. Winter gardens and protected balconies characterise the facades.


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