Caudebec-lès-Elbeuf, France (2013)
open competition
client: The town of Caudebec-lès-Elbeuf
design team: D PAYSAGE (lead landscape architect), B+C (architects / town planners), Ygrec Ingénierie (infrastructure and roading), Fabrice Bougon (quantity surveyor)
D PAYSAGE : Diala Haddad, Lysann Schmidt, Jean-Baptiste Lacombe
surface area: 17 900 m²
budget: 2 750 000 € HT

Place Suchetet and a new build sports complex  --

Place Suchetet is located on the edge of the town centre and is a pivotal space linking it with the future eco-neighbourhood. It is right at the heart of a school, sports and cultural complex. The landscaping provides a large prominent green space opposite the buildings facing and opening up towards the South and the hills of the Elbeuf forest. It also creates a pedestrian link towards the eco-neighbourhood. The project is inspired by the industrial past of Caudebec-Lès-Elbeuf. The layout is organised in strips and ribbons, to reflect and reinforce the historical plot shapes and to recall the weaving industry. These bands incorporate the various park components and activities such as the sports complex, the gardens (educational, sensorial, sunken gardens and children’s play equipment). The sunken garden provides temporary storage for rainwater runoff and fulfils the function of water filtering. The canvas is an open space made up of a green carpet intermingled and disappearing into the sports complex’s plaza. This vast grass area is dotted with majestic trees, an invitation to relax and play ball sports. The “esplanade ribbon” is a linear space, on the edge of the large lawn area that structures the North-South pedestrian access. It hosts trade shows organised by the Bourvil centre. The “signature” urban furniture, which ties together the different parts of the project, is inspired by the old workshop weaving looms.