The urban project of Multilom is an opportunity to bring a paradigm shift to a largely paved-over, industrial site that currently lacks any enduring vegetation or natural landscapes. Not only can the project become a site for a rich and diverse landscape framework, it can also establish a strategy for an urban ecosystem, a hybridization of city and landscape. By removing the presence of cars on the site, greater experiential diversity can emerge with an expanded palette of spatial conditions ranging from very intimate to extremely public.
The first action within the strategic framework is to restore the interface between the atmosphere and the subterranean environment by rehabilitating the largely impermeable and sterile soil. This allows for the planning of new hydrological and ecological connections, horizontal as well as vertical. Rainwater is crucial for the site and acts as a climate regulator, its infiltration and proper management is a primary condition for a biodiversity to emerge, an effect reinforced by the planting of a dense tree canopy.
The second action proposes highly detailed organization of transitions from public spaces to private terraces. This diverse treatment of spaces allows for a rich collection of social relationships. The absence of any road structure, apart from service roads, aids in the structuring of these spaces.
The third action, in relation to the second, proposes developing a “productive landscape.” The productive landscape includes the installation of a large collectively tended garden as well as the introduction of small orchards in the heart of the urban blocks.
- Program / Project: LILLE / Multilom
- Client: Nexity
- Project management: Nexity (lead designer) + Saison Menu + Agence Ter (landscape) + Profil Ingéniérie + Badia Berger + Eric Lapierre + Hbaat + Louis Paillard + Walter Chiani
- Area: 6 ha
- Date: 2016 - 2020
- Amount: 4M € HT
- Location: Lille, France