Winners of international design competition, Manuelle Gautrand Architects have put forth an amazing vision for the future for France’s latest city which could turn Paris into a metropolis. The site for Europa lies north of Paris near Charles de Gaulle Airport and some 20+ kilometers from Versailles.
Conceived as a destination in itself, with an estimated cost of 1.7 Billion Euros the combination of artificial ski-slopes, commercial, residential, and other leisure pursuits on offer, has a beautiful organic form of intertwining loops. With 700,000m2 of landscape and some 600,000m2 of buildings topped with green roofs and a provision for 20,000m2 of photovoltaic cells and rainwater harvesting solutions this is set to be a wonderfully sustainable conurbation.
The masterplan can be viewed in Paris from 20 Sept – 27 October at the Maison de l’Architecture en Ile-de-France, with an anticipated grand opening scheduled for 2020 /2021, which will offer landscape architects the opportunity to excel in ecological design aesthetics which are setting the standard for our industry, and urban design at large.