Europa City: BIG to dig a sustainable city in Paris
Valode & Pistre
Bjarke Ingels has won the competition by invitation that the Auchan Group organized for the eventual construction of Europa City, an 800,000-square-meter sustainable city belonging to the municipality of Gonesse, 16 kilometers from the center of Paris. Spread beneath a huge green roof, the project combines Parisian urban density with the bucolic character of life on the outskirts. The Danish group’s proposal carried the day over that of the Norwegian firm Snøhetta and those of two French teams: Manuelle Gautrand Architecture and Valode & Pistre. The winning design organizes the mixed-use program – with cultural and recreational facilities including exhibition spaces, twelve hotels, 500 stores, restaurants, a ski slope and an aquatic complex – along an almost 2-kilometer circular boulevard. Integrated into both the urban fabric and the green zones, the grand avenue sets loop through six areas with easy access to bicycle paths and an electricity-run public transport system. Completion is scheduled for 2021.
analyzes in each issue a theme related to a city, a country, a tendency or an
architect, with articles by leading specialists complemented by commentary on works
and projects illustrated in detail. Published bilingually, with Spanish and English
texts placed side by side.
covers current topics, taking stock of recent trends in set sections: cover story,
works and projects, art and culture, books, technique and innovation. From 2013
on, monthly and bilingual, with Spanish and English texts printed side by side.
is the third member of the AV family: a bilingual publication essentially focussed
on design projects (with special attention on competitions and construction details),
heretofore only laterally dealt with in the other two magazines.