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British practices shortlisted in Paris EuropaCity contests

Big's EuropaCity masterplan
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AL_A, BDP and Benoy are among 26 teams shortlisted in a series of competitions for key buildings within Paris’s 80ha EuropaCity development

The UK practices are each competing for separate buildings within the £2.76 billion BIG-designed masterplan (pictured) for the French capital’s suburban Triangle de Gonesse district, according to a report in Le Moniteur.

The scheme, for developer Alliages & Territoires, will transform a large area of agricultural land close to the city’s Charles de Gaulle Airport and will be linked to the city by line 17 of the new Grand Paris Express.

Eight contests are currently being held for a range of key buildings including a concert hall, theatre and cultural centre. 

AL_A is shortlisted for the concert hall, BDP is competing for a four-star hotel and convention centre, and Benoy is among the finalists for a four-star hotel and water park.

Other shortlisted teams include Tschumi Architects, UN Studio and Dominique Perrault Architecture.

The ambitious project, planned to complete in 2024, will deliver around 230,000m² of retail; 150,000m² of leisure spaces; 50,000m² of cultural uses; 2,000-hotel rooms; 20,000m² of restaurants and cafés; a 10ha park and a 7ha urban farm.

The main exhibition hall is being designed by BIG which won a contest for the 800,000m² masterplan four years ago. The winners of the individual contests will be announced later this year.


Concert hall: AL_A, CAAU, Herault Arnold Architects
Theatre: Moreau Kusunoki, Tschumi Architects BTuA, Clément Blanchet
Cultural centre: Manuelle Gautrand, Peripherals, UN Studio
Three-star hotel: Jérôme de Alzua, Basalt, 5 + 1 AA
Three-star hotel: Franklin Azzi, SCAU, Maes Architects Urban planners
Four-star hotel (water park): Benoy, WATG, Chabanne and Partners
Four-star hotel (convention centre): BDP, BLP, Architecture Studio, AAVP Architecture - Vincent Parreira
Five-star hotel: Dominique Perrault Architecture, Atelier Cos, Stefano Boeri Architetti, La Cime Architectural Design

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