Urban development Cœur Franciades




ProgrammeUrban development of the site, 300 apartments, retails, parking lots
Surface45 000 m² accommodation and 8 000 m² retails
StatusOngoing 2014
Read More

The scheme is based on a strong idea that is, combining or superimposing an urban centre with housing. The aim is to create a lively, central neighbourhood. Extending the large forecourt of the Opera House, the scheme creates a complementary network of varied public spaces – «the Opera passages» – to develop a real city neighbourhood with a strong identity. With the permeable configuration of the blocks, one can see the many different paths that connect the urban elements concerned. This opening lets the light flow and energizes the views from the inner courtyards within the blocks. The scheme’s overall form is created by carving out the blocks from the ground to the sky. The mass is gradually hollowed out to form a complex of landscape buildings. The unity of the project is defined by creating large landscaped courtyards on the upper floors of buildings. These courtyards have been carved out of each of the built masses to create dialogue between them and with the hardscaped pedestrian streets on the ground floor level.

Related Projects

Urban Project

Urban development Tamansourt city centre

Tamansourt, Morocco

Urban Project

Venice Biennale 2014

Moroccan Pavilion 2014

Urban Project

Urban development of the Science park for Mobility 

Valenciennes, France

A composition of linear strips which forms a topography on the scale of the landscape

Urban Project

La Villette public square

Paris, France

A monumental gate for the Parc de la Villette

Urban Project

Public square « Place Florence »


A strong and symbolic figure in the Florentine urban landscape, the octagonal form of the Baptistery of San Giovanni