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Multimodal Hub Nice Grand Arénas

Urban Landscape Design in Southern France design by mateo arquitectura

19 Dec 2018

Multimodal Hub in Nice

Design: mateo arquitectura

Location: Nice, France

Multimodal Hub in Nice

Development is currently starting of the central axis of the new multimodal hub, which will channel all the flows of traffic meeting here, creating a new centrality of this site.

Multimodal Hub in Nice Grand Arenas
photo © Aldo Amoretti

The traffic flows are the new tram system, buses, bicycles and pedestrians. Different movements with different needs.

Multimodal Hub in Nice Grand Arenas
photo © Aldo Amoretti

The following design issues are addressed here:
1. Unification of the horizontal texture that forms all the paving. All the flows that cross the place are paved with natural or artificial stone. These textures are edged with sturdy blocks of light-coloured sandstone that contain the surfaces and create small differences in levels between them for safety reasons.

The resulting paving is a continuous figure of stone, bound by the lines that form the kerbs and some differences in size and quality of certain parts according to their conditions of use. The space between the tram rails is occupied by very rough cobblestone (to deter pedestrians), the sidewalks are smooth granite pavers, and the bus and cycle lanes comprise self-supporting high strength concrete blocks.

Together, they form a continuous, regular but varied tapestry.

Multimodal Hub in Nice Grand Arenas Multimodal Hub in Nice Grand Arenas
photos © Aldo Amoretti

2. Introduction of vegetation onto this horizontal mineral base. Large trees along the pavements, a green central reservation, climbing plants on the side walls, a little park at the furthest point …

Now recently planted, all of this vegetation will come to form a tapestry that protects human movements, in a dialectical relation with the mineral base on which it rests.

Multimodal Hub in Nice Grand Arenas
photograph © Aldo Amoretti

Beneath the paving stones lies the sea…
In the main axis of the new multimodal hub in the French city of Nice, for the first time in Europe, a large expanse of urban cool paving has been created.

It corresponds to the areas of most intense pedestrian presence (bus stops, pavements, etc.) and represents an attempt to improve the thermal conditions of urban space in a hot climate such as that of Nice.

Multimodal Hub in Nice Grand Arenas
photo © Aldo Amoretti

It consists of an underground irrigation system controlled by exterior sensors that cool special breathable pavers, manufactured experimentally using mollusc shells.
Josep Lluís Mateo

Multimodal Hub in Nice Grand Arenas
image © Adrià Goula

Multimodal Hub, Nice Grand Arénas – Building Information

Author: Josep Lluís Mateo – Mateo Arquitectura
Competition: 2011 (First prize, invited competition)
Project: 2015
Construction: 2018
Location: Grand Arénas sector, Nice (France)
Client: Établissement Public d’Aménagement de la Plaine du Var
Surface: 21,200 sqm

Project leader: Ignasi Rincón
Site management: Xavier Monclús

External Collaborators
Landscaping: Atelier Villes et Paysages
Engineering: Egis
Sustainable consulting and innovation: Veolia-2EI

Multimodal Hub in Nice Grand Arenas
photo © Aldo Amoretti

Photograph: Aldo Amoretti and Adrià Goula

Multimodal Hub in Nice Grand Arénas images / information received 191218

Mateo Arquitectura

Previously on e-architect:

8 Mar 2012
Multimodal Hub – Grand Arénas, Nice, France
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