competition proposal, 1st prize
Barentin, France, 2008
The province of Barentin city experiences serious ecological issues: the once emerging industrial area faces a demographic decline and the small but quite powerful L’Austreberthe river floods the whole valley four times a year that causes damages in the natural and built environment. Considering the rehabilitation of the centre of Barentin, the project must be handled on three different scales: regional, urban and architectural solutions have to be integrated into one whole comprehensive strategy.
This project explores solutions on all three scales: the research shows the consequences of the changes in the regional agroforestry landscape and also proposes how to rebalance the fragmented biological ecosystem. The urban scale focuses on the new functional organization of the city centre that includes new urban green areas, spaces for recreation and a water and energy centre. The sport and swimming centre, that is the reconstruction of the 19th century brick factory, is presented on architectural scale.