Team representative architect, urbanist, landscape architect
Location Quimper – Finistère (29)
Population 63,508 inhabitants
Strategic site 40 ha - Project site 8 ha
Site proposed by ville de Quimper
Actors involved ville de Quimper
Owner(s) of the site acquisistion by the city of Quimper
Commission after competition mission of pre-operational studies. Operational implementations could be proposed depending on the results of the competition
Urban City Strategy
Quimper is the final stage on the route that links Finistère with the rest of Brittany.The city grew up at the point where the tide releases into the River Odet. It is also at a convergence of valleys, permitting easy communication routes in this uneven landscape.
The city possesses an exceptional heritage, linked with its history and more particularly with that of its ancient nucleus with its relations to the waterways and their valleys.
Founded at the confluence of the Steïr and Odet rivers, the city of Quimper possesses an unusual and contrasting geography. The winding valleys provide this large territory with a variety of vistas over the landscapes and constitute landmark points of connection between city and nature. They also, like the relief of the landscape, raise the question of the urban boundaries.
The project area is one of the main gateways into Quimper, marking the boundary between the outskirts and the city proper. It also marks the transition between natural spaces (Odet estuary) and the centre. It therefore occupies a key position as a connector within the city, and it is this strategic positioning that is behind the effort of transformation. It therefore raises a first question: how to create a transition between the maritime, estuarian and urban landscapes?
At a more local scale, it operates as a pivot, since it has the potential to connect and reinforce urban and landscape links between:
- The River Odet and Mont Frugy, which are kept apart by the thick fabric of the Locmaria district, the footprint of Departmental Road 34 and the sharp slope of the hill.
The project proposals will need to redesign the stitching between these defining elements with the aim of creating a continuum of nature in the city extending all the way to north Quimper.
- The plateau with its primarily detached housing and the River Odet. Here again, the urban structure, the topography and the street network have created successive barriers in the landscape.
At perimeter scale, the site is distinctive in being made up of three distinct and singular urban entities: The disctrict of Locmaria; l’îlot Rozmaria; and Locmaria planted pathways.
Today, they stand side-by-side but without any real dialogue, and function in an introverted manner despite their potential to create large-scale dynamic connections. They protect themselves from the Departmental Road, since the broad wake of this highway and the speed of the vehicles leaves little room for crossings and links. The challenge is therefore to identify and enhance future relations between them in such a way that they create instruments of reconnection with the wider landscape.
Because of this connective potential, therefore, the site constitutes a strategic tool for the transformation of the zone.
How Must Metabolism and Inclusivity Be Developped and Connected?
The site is fully congruent with the theme of “Living Cities”, since it is the point of convergence of two defining dynamics: the arc of nature that connects with the estuary, the River Odet and Mont Frugy, and the dynamic of Quimper’s urban development. Because of its position, between the city and the wider landscape, it is the ideal focus for ideas about the role of nature in the city.
It resonates equally well with the theme of the last sessions, “Productive Cities”, since it relates to recently abandoned former production sites and the Locmaria district, cradle of the Breton pottery industry for several centuries, which recently embarked on a reorganisation based around its heritage and local skills.
Questions on the site
This site is connected to the following theme
Recovery New energy has to be found for these sites through a treatment that respects the existing environment introducing specific elements and actions able to develop a resilient city.
These sites are at a crossing-point of different areas, making them important mediators, but also in-between places that can stimulate the quality of the neighbouring areas.
New energy has to be found for these sites through a treatment that respects the existing environment introducing specific elements and actions able to develop a resilient city.
Questions on the site
Fr. 18 June 2021
Deadline for submitting questions
Fr. 2 July 2021
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