Nancy / Meurthe et Moselle

Boulevard side / Park side

The site of the project is located between the Boulevard of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in the South and the Sisters of St. Charles Park in the East.
Our proposal is in line with the urban recommendations of the ZAC Grand Coeur and is in line with the plan for the composition of the city centre of Nancy based on the “Charles Ill” grid.
This Charles 111 grid is made up of very regular square or rectangular blocks, with a continuous built front on their periphery.
We respect this geometry by associating it with a more open and permeable built structure, in line with the urban ambience of contemporary eco-neighbourhoods.
In particular, it is a question of offering wide views from the Boulevard towards the landscaped areas of the heart of the island and the wooded area of the Park.
At the same time, the organisation of the housing units favours East/South and West orientations and by protecting themselves from the noise pollution of the Boulevard.
On the Boulevard, the built structure thus retains a marked urban aspect, but with a strong porous landscape.
It is made up of a succession of facades with vertical proportions alternating with planted voids.
The buildings are of varying heights with a progression between ground floor + 3 on the south-east side and ground floor + 5 on the town centre side.
The vegetation is very present, both on the ground and on the garden terraces.
It echoes the Sisters’ Park which adjoins the operation and develops throughout the project as far as the Boulevard.
On the Park side, to the east, a tier of terraced gardens has a much more residential and less urban scale than on the Boulevard.
Here again, we are determined to propose uses and modes of housing that are different from conventional real estate standards.

A benevolent architecture

The access to the different buildings from the street is materialized by glazed faults between buildings allowing to see the ambiences of the heart of the block.
The apartments are served by sheltered outdoor galleries immersed in the heart of the gardens.
This system is both very efficient in terms of service (many apartments are distributed with fewer lifts and less user charges), but it is also very interesting in terms of social life.
The galleries are real living spaces, naturally lit and large in size.
They offer a mediation between the private sphere and shared spaces.
All the apartments are traversing with living rooms opening onto vast garden terraces.
The grading of these terraces makes it possible to envisage real hanging gardens, which participate directly in the general landscape of the operation and its architectural image.
On the roofs of the buildings, a collective terrace and a shared garden are proposed for each building.
The double-height bases are treated in “capable volumes”.
They integrate mezzanines and allow different types of use in activities or housing …
On the Park side, which is primarily intended for residential use, these double-height volumes have terraces and small private gardens.
In the heart of the island, we choose to maintain collective gardens to avoid nuisances and preserve the rooms.
On each plateau, the dwellings can be grouped together and make it possible to enlarge and diversify the real estate offer from the same construction base.
The last two levels are offered as duplexes, but can be converted into simplexes if necessary.

127 dwellings in the ZAC Grand Coeur
Developer: SOLOREM for the Métropole Grand Nancy
Architect of the ZAC / AREP

Client / Nouvel Habitat
Surface / 8500 m2

Architects and Engineers / Tectoniques 
with LSW architects associated

Winning project 2017 / in progress

Environmental approach under RT 2012
and within the framework of the E+C- approach
with E2C2 objective