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The teams worked not only on the architecture but also on different areas, such as material recycling, the circular economy, innovation and disruption
– Benoît Chang, EuropaCity general manager

The developers of EuropaCity in Paris have provided a first glimpse at the eight key leisure buildings that will be constructed for the €3.1bn (US$3.8bn, £2.7bn) project.

Following a competitive six-month competition process, several established and emerging architecture practices from France and further afield have been selected to work on the accommodation and attractions that will form the cultural heart of the vast scheme – which has been masterplanned by Bjarke Ingels Group’s (BIG).

When completed, EuropaCity will form a new leisure district combining hotels, restaurants, theme parks, cultural sites, urban farmland, shopping centres and sports facilities on the Triangle de Gonesse, Greater Paris. The project – for the public and national and international tourists – has received major investment from Immochan France and Wanda, China’s largest private property developer and will be operated by Grand Paris Aménagement.

BIG founder Bjarke Ingels has described the project as a “Paris 2.0 that sets a new standard for what a city can be,” with a lively urban fabric that combines radically different streetscapes where some roofscapes kiss the ground, others are tall and invaded by greenery.”

In the second half of 2017, designers were invited to propose “innovative, sustainable, diverse and creative” proposals that could be integrated into BIG’s ‘Rolling Hill’s design concept for the site. The selection of the winning designs was finalised earlier this year, and the successful architects will present their designs to the community for the first time on 4 April.

"This was the largest private initiative architectural competition ever launched in France, and we really wanted to explore and discover the different ways to see and imagine EuropaCity," said Matteo Perino, director of operations.

General manager Benoît Chang added: “We’d like to thank all the teams who participated in this competition, because all the projects received were of excellent quality. The teams worked not only on the architecture but also on different areas, such as material recycling, the circular economy, innovation and disruption.

"EuropaCity is proud of the selected projects and pleased to continue working with these practices. They will bring their talent, perspective, creative capacity and innovation to this pioneering project – a unique leisure destination in the Greater Paris of tomorrow.”

Renderings and brief information for each of the eight projects can be seen below.

EuropaCity’s 8 Key Leisure Buildings

CONTEMPORARY CIRCUS

Clément Blanchet Architecture

CONTEMPORARY CIRCUS

“A demonstration both a historical synthesis and technological progress”, this public circus will host shows for 1,500 people within a traditional circus Big Top.

CONCERT HALL

Hérault Arnod Architectes

SALLE DE CONCERT

This 7,000-capacity music venue will feature a public Sound Deck on its roof, while the building’s glazed facade will open onto a large sheltered terrace that forms an outdoor stage for special concerts.

CENTRE CULTUREL DÉDIÉ AU 7ÈME ART

UNStudio

CENTRE CULTUREL

This dramatic indoor/outdoor cinema will be formed of three intertwined volumes, clad with weathered steel, that will emerge from the ground, topped by a sloping green carpet integrated with the surrounding landscape. Described by UNStudio as “a new type of cinema”, the building is designed as both a public space and a cultural laboratory – complete with a film studio and archive – “rather than a mere container for a ‘black box’ audience experience.”

HÔTEL BRANCHÉ ABORDABLE (3*)

Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia

HÔTEL BRANCHÉ ABORDABLE

This semi-transparent three-star hotel will cover multiple storeys and is described as “an original, ambitious, sensitive” concept.

HÔTEL DE LUXE (5*)

Atelier COS

HÔTEL DE LUXE

This five-star hotel will offer a new customer experience, as “a synergy between hotel and floriculture.” There will be fields of flowers on the roof, am atrium filled with bamboo and a design partly inspired by the light emitted by fireflies.

HOTEL AND CONVENTION CENTRE

AAVP Architecture

HÔTEL ET CENTRE DE CONGRÈS

The design of this 500-room hotel and conference centre has been inspired by the exoskeleton of a dozing mythical animal, topped by a roof that evokes houses from the region.

HOTEL AND CHILDREN'S CULTURAL CENTRE

Franklin Azzi Architecture

HÔTEL DESIGN

This 400-room hotel and cultural centre for children will feature a spa and wellness area, and will overlook a park. The building itself will be camouflaged in greenery so as to appear like mountain peaks. According to Azzi: “The facades are hidden in dense nature offering calm and privacy to each of hotel rooms. The roofs become territories to conquer, with walks along the ridge lines, green spaces dedicated to relaxation and, on the low plateaus, patios embellished with ponds.”

WATER PARK HOTEL

Chabanne Architecte

WATER PARK HOTEL

The Water Park Hotel explores the theme of water and wellbeing, and will seem to extend from the adjacent Aquatic Pool as “an oasis of calm and conviviality.” According to the designers, “terraces, beaches and bleachers draw a landscape of contoured lines. The water seems to have carved hollow volumes occupied by cafes, restaurants, lounges and conference rooms. There will be water slides and an infinity pool overlooking Paris.

Meanwhile, the entrance to EuropaCity’s train station has been reworked by BIG to add a tunnel linking to an exhibition hall. It will also form a pedestrian gateway to the development, overlooking Paris in the far distance.

Exhibition Hall

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