The EuropaCity development on the outskirts of Paris was a master plan by the celebrated architecture practice, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). Recently, the eight buildings that will comprise this development were announced and, today, Paris Design Agenda will talk a bit about each one of them as well as the firms and minds who won fiercely competitive contests in order to be behind the design of these incredible buildings.
According to BIG, “EuropaCity will offer on an unprecedented scale a mix of retail, culture and leisure around a defining theme: Europe, its diversity, its urban experiences and its cultures.” “Rolling Hills” is the main concept behind this development. The architecture company will be responsible for the design of the exhibition hall, forming a pedestrian gateway to EuropaCity.
Clément Blanchet Architecture will be developing this contemporary development. This space will be opened at ground level and will be connected with a plaza and a platform level that can seat around 1,500 people. This development exudes a sense of nostalgia due to its roof stretching structure between tent poles of varying heights.
The 7,000-seat concert hall will be comprised of a series of horizontal and incline levels. Its roof is supported by slim white columns and atop it, circular canopies will house yet another space. The Hérault Arnod Architectes will be responsible for the development of this project.
The proficient Dutch architectural practice, UNStudio will be in charge of building this unique center, dedicated to the 7th art of the world, which will be highlighting three intertwined volumes of weathering steel. It will be comprised of a cinema and a “cultural laboratory” with both indoor and outdoor screens.
The multi-story building will be designed by Italian architecture firm, Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia. The 3* star hotel will have a glazed facade under a humpback roof.
For the five-star hotel, Atelier COS, a specialized Parisian architecture firm Atelier, was selected to design it having the agricultural history of the region in mind. According to the architects, this hospitality venue will feature “fireflies, rooftop fields and a bamboo-covered atrium”.
The Paris-based entity AAVP Architecture will oversee the design of this hotel and convention center. The conference space will be encircled by a ring of slim vertical louvres that the architects describe as “exoskeleton of a sleeping mythical animal”. In the case of the 500-room hotel, it will feature a series of house-like gabled roofs.
Franklin Azzi Architecture will be responsible for the design of the 400-room hotel and cultural center for children. The Parisian firm has thought of a glazed facade that looks out over a plaza and a park. At the same time, the upper levels of the building will be covered in greenery and shaped like mountain peaks.
Having a water park within its property, this exceptional hotel will be designed by Chabanne Architecte, a proficient firm based in Paris and Lyon. The project will have towers that “rise like eroded canyon walls” above a cluster of pools, water slides and waterfalls, following the “rolling hills” concept of Bjarke Ingles Group’s master plan.