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MVRDV to transform French port

Dutch practice MVRDV has won a comp to transform a former industrial port in Normandy

MVRDV’s plans will transform the 600,0000m2 former industrial port to a collection of gardens surrounded by urban areas, improving the landscape, environment and connections of the Caen, Normandy.

The practice beat off competition from François Leclerq with JDS and Djamel Klouche with AUC/SLETH to win the job. The jury chose MVRDV for its ‘fresh view on urbanism’.

MVRDV’s plan for the development extends beyond the port boundaries and is entitled ‘La Grande Mosaique’.

The existing factories on the site will be converted into garden spaces. A plan has also been developed for movement through and within the scheme, based on pedestrian bridges. The proposal also includes the reconstruction of the city centre which was originally rebuilt after the second world war giving it a greater connection to the sea.

The project will last more than ten years although a number of projects which form part of the greater development and improvement of the city have already begun, including OMA’s new multimedia library and a new court building by BE Hauvette and Pierre Champenois.

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