Following a competitive six-month competition process, several established and emerging architecture practices from France and further afield have been selected to work on the accommodation and attractions that will form the cultural heart of the scheme – which was masterplanned by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG).
When completed, EuropaCity will form a new leisure district combining hotels, restaurants, theme parks, cultural sites, urban farmland, shopping centres and sports facilities on the Triangle de Gonesse, Greater Paris. The project – for the public and national and international tourists – has received major investment from Immochan France and Wanda, China’s largest private property developer and will be operated by Grand Paris Aménagement.
BIG founder Bjarke Ingels has described the project as a “Paris 2.0 that sets a new standard for what a city can be,” with a lively urban fabric that combines radically different streetscapes where some roofscapes kiss the ground, others are tall and invaded by greenery.”
In the second half of 2017, designers were invited to propose “innovative, sustainable, diverse and creative” proposals that could be integrated into BIG’s ‘Rolling Hill’s design concept for the site. The selection of the winning designs was finalised earlier this year, and the successful architects presented their designs to the community for the first time in April.
“This was the largest private initiative architectural competition ever launched in France, and we really wanted to explore and discover the different ways to see and imagine EuropaCity,” said Matteo Perino, director of operations.
General manager Benoît Chang added: “We’d like to thank all the teams who participated in this competition because all the projects received were of excellent quality. The teams worked not only on the architecture but also on different areas, such as material recycling, the circular economy, innovation and disruption.
“EuropaCity is pleased to continue working with these practices. They will bring their talent, perspective, creative capacity and innovation to this pioneering project – a unique leisure destination in the Greater Paris of tomorrow.”
In addition to the projects featured here, the entrance to EuropaCity’s train station has been reworked by BIG to add a tunnel linking to an exhibition hall. It will also form a pedestrian gateway to the development, overlooking Paris in the far distance.