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BIG Wins EuropaCity Competition
Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 |

BIG, along with fellow team members Tess, Transsolar, Base, Transitec, and Michel Forgue, has been selected to design EuropaCity, an 80-hectare cultural and commercial destination in the heart of France.

The winning team fought off competition from Snøhetta, Manuelle Gautrand, and Valode & Pistre.

Aerial view of the winning EuropaCity design by BIG, Tess, Transsolar, Base, Transitec, and Michel Forgue (Image: BIG)

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Aerial view of the winning EuropaCity design by BIG, Tess, Transsolar, Base, Transitec, and Michel Forgue (Image: BIG)

Project Description from BIG:

The new urban center EuropaCity is located between Paris and Roissy in France’s most populated region Île-de-France. EuropaCity will offer a mixture of retail, culture and leisure on an unprecedented scale around the defining theme of the European urban experience, diversity and culture.

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BIG’s proposal is an urban form combining dense city with open landscape and will become a cultural and commercial gathering point for the surrounding cities of the Triangle de Gonesse.  Like a city that is carved into the landscape, the entire facility is covered in an accessible green roof with recreational areas, hiking paths and urban farming. EuropaCity will be directly linked to the coming Grand Paris Express Metro to Charles de Gaule airport.

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“EuropaCity will be an experimental hybrid between urbanism and landscape design: Center and periphery overlapped in the simultaneous coexistence of a recreational open landscape of rolling hills superimposed on an urban neighborhood of walkable streets, plazas and parks. We find that Paris these years is taking on a holistic effort to ensure that the urban periphery is given equal opportunity to be as lively and inhabitable as its historic center. EuropaCity will be an important step in this agenda.” –Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner, BIG

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EuropaCity is organized along an internal circular avenue of retail, entertainment and cultural programs. Along the avenue bicycles and electric public transport bring visitors quickly around. The vast accessible roof features gentle sloping valleys and peaks allowing visitors to experience the panoramic views of central Paris and La Defense skylines.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to work with a project with this level of ambition. EuropaCity has the potential to become the most sustainable culture and retail city in the world - not only in terms of energy and resources but also in terms of bringing a new quality of public life into the Triangle de Gonesse.” – Andreas Klok Pedersen, Partner-in-Charge, BIG

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EuropaCity is designed as a laboratory for sustainable technologies, and a showcase for viable green tech implementations that does not only save energy, but also improves the quality of the urban environment. The large range of culture and leisure programs like concert halls, spas, skiing hill, swimming pools and urban farming form an urban ecosystem where resources are fed from one into another. Waste heat from retail is channeled into leisure spas, water is re-used as irrigation for the parks, and EuropaCity will be providing the surrounding neighborhoods with district heating and cooling.  The entire facility is designed to be powered with a combination of solar, biofuel and geothermal energy.

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Project Details:

Name: EUROPACITY 
Type: Invited Competition 
Size:  80 Hectare 
Client: Groupe Auchan  
Collaborators: TESS, TRANSSOLAR, BASE, TRANSITEC, MICHEL FORGUE     

Partner in charge: Bjarke Ingels, Andreas Klok Pedersen  
Project leader: Joao Albuquerque, Gabrielle Nadeau  
Team: Maren Allen, David Tao, Salvador Palanca, Marcos Bano, Lucian Racovitan, Ryohei Koike, Camille Crépin, Elisa Wienecke, Léna Rigal, Paolo Venturella, Tiina Liis Juuti, Jeff Mikolajewski.

Find also BIG's concept diagrams in the image gallery below.

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Comments:
Theodor Wrobel
Friday, April 19, 2013
I'M WONDERING...WHERE ARE ALL THE PLANES ON THAT SILKY SMOOTH CGI'S OF EUROPACITY

HAPPY RECREATION ON TOP OF THE ROOF
IN EUROPACITY

TAKE SOME PURPLE PILLS ON THE ROLLING HILLS
IN EUROPACITY

Well, europacity will be an important step. It will give equal opportunities for everyone. sounds totally logical to me. Because it's such a powerful concept. A nice shopping mall for people driving old-timers.

"The large range of culture and leisure programs like concert halls, spas, skiing hill, swimming pools"
- no comment

I'm sick of it. i'm sick of that dishonest commercial design stuff what is called architecture.
NARCISM IN ARCHITECTURE - europacity - thanks for that nice example

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