Taking a cue from nature in Nice

Nick Myall
Monday 05 Mar 2018

A multifuncitional city block is being created in the Nice Grand Arénas district in France

Designed by Mateo Arquitectura, the 3.1 block will be located at the Nice-Saint Augustin-Airport multimodal hub in the new Grand Arénas district, set to become one of the largest international business centres in  Southern Europe. Josep Lluís Mateo is also in charge of the design and supervision of its urban planning, based on the principals of intelligent urbanism. 

Commenting on the project Josep Lluís Mateo said: “This project sets out to construct an urban form that consolidates the northern part of the multimodal axis. Currently located in empty space, on the outer periphery, a new part of the city is set to appear here in the near future.

“A city at the intersection of new communication flows that will guarantee its centrality and prevent it being marginal (train, bus, tram, airport). The building constructs a dense figure, with abundant new uses, an example of the mix required by the contemporary city (housing, offices, hotels, residential homes).

“The building constructs a horizontal figure, traditional in scale, punctuated by emerging points that relate it with its surroundings and complete the figure. It is hard, regular and repetitive— like much of our Mediterranean urban tradition. In addition it relates to the local natural conditions, being influenced by the  sun, light and wind … its inner courtyards create unique microclimates. The project aspires to bring together a vision at the urban scale and a local meeting with matter. Detail will also play a leading role. “

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