MVRDV just unveiled plans to renovate the riverfront area in Strasbourg, France into a lush, plant-covered oasis. Chaise Urbaine is a mixed-use development that combines housing, commercial and office space with plenty of plants and trees to create a cool micro-climate along the river.
The waterfront along the river in Strasbourg is undergoing a transformation as the area is updated with fresh new residences and offices. With its close connection to the water and transportation, the area is quickly becoming the place to be. The primary challenge lies in finding a way to tie these areas with the city to the east and create a coherent urban fabric. MVRDV’s solution is Chaise Urbaine, an urban lounge area filled with vegetation that stands to dramatically transform the industrial fabric.
The project is designed to actually a resemble a lounge chair facing the water, and it will consist of 50% housing (some of which is social housing), along with offices, a hotel, a nursery, some commercial space, and a large public square. Buildings are optimized to let in as much light as possible, and the entire interior courtyard is filled with vegetation and trees planted in specialized pots installed on almost every available surface. This vertical garden is watered with an integrated irrigation system, and the plants breathe out fresh air, provide shade and mediate stronger winds.