Public-Private Partnership masterplanning scheme for city near Lausanne won by AWP
AWP (Marc Armengaud, Matthias Armengaud, Alessandra Cianchetta) has won a competition to create a contemporary city near Lausanne, which boasts stunning views over the lake to the mountains beyond. The 68,000 sq m site will include: 390 housing units - a mix of housing and apartment blocks to offer as much flexibility as possible; public amenities, including green space and a network of public areas; retail facilities; a hotel; and health and education facilities. Environmental considerations are paramount and enhanced by the stunning location.
L’Orée de Crissier’s diversity and identity make it an exemplary neighbourhood. Successful development now relies primarily on the redevelopment of its disused and former industrial areas. Among these areas, the future district of l’Orée de Crissier is well-placed through proximity both to a communication axis and public transport and thanks to its natural setting. The site is located overlooking the road that connects Prilly to the Crissier motorway junction, a vantage point that offers splendid views of the Alps and the Jura and can accommodate 390 affordable and diverse medium-term houses, as well as 27,000 sq m of recreational space.
The Canton, the municipality and the owner signed a framework agreement that reflects high ambitions for mixed housing, including public facilities, urban spaces and architecture, security and sustainable development. Plaza Immobilien SA agreed to organise a planning competition in the form of parallel mandate studies (mandats d’étude parallèles-MEP). Three architects and urban planners - AWP Office for territorial reconfiguration, Christ & Gantenbein and Fruehauf, Henry & Viladoms - presented design concepts of high quality. The winning project is by the Parisian agency AWP (Marc Armengaud, Matthias Armengaud, Alessandra Cianchetta) whose concept was selected unanimously by the jury.
The layout is based on an urban grid system (14m width for the buildings and a distance of 16m between them) with a range of building typologies that give flexibility to the site. The prescribed area is ideal for pedestrians, offering access to a large network of public spaces and green areas. The district will have a central meeting area and a terrace facing the Alps and Jura. Environmental considerations have been paramount.
The project comprises 60% housing and 40% amenities, along with a public program that includes a public park, school and nursery/creche. The 68,000 sq m plot will ultimately accommodate approximately 390 homes (with an average of 2.6 people per residence). The projected density, consistent with the proposed agglomeration of Lausanne-Morges (PALM) is about 200 people and jobs per hectare. The facilities must be compatible with the housing: administration, artisan workshops, hotel, EMS, health and sports facilities, as well as local shops and social opportunities - grocery, laundry, cafe, etc.