Ecdm’s competition entry offered the opportunity to rethink the relationship of the new district of Trapèze with the Grand Landscape in terms of status, size and the values it carries. The site has recorded the changes our industrial cities went through in order to meet with today’s needs of a postmodern society.
The architects experimented with two projects placed on an almost triangular shaped area.
The first project consists of two towers designed around framing the most important landmarks of the area like for example the Eiffel Tower. Periscope-like protruding ‘balconies’ are strategically positioned at the right height and angle perimetrically along the facades focusing on their targeted landmark.
The second project encapsulates the landscape within a cube and literally elevates it to its rooftop forming suspended gardens, living roofs. The cube is perforated by a large, 89 metre high, central courtyard through the entire project.
Both projects deal with the symbiosis of the residential, commercial and green space taking advantage of the verticality offered by the towers or the horizontality offered by the second project defining the boundaries of the park and offering different readings of the surrounding site area.