DIVONNE-LES-BAINS : Development of the station neighbourhood
Squares / Roads
Soft transport links
Reuse of railway infrastructure
Mairie de Divonne-les-Bains
+ BASE + Exndo architectures
Divonne-les-Bains / Ain
Budget / 9.2 M€
Surface area / 13 ha
The project site is found at the heart of a territorial system characterised by the landscape around Lake Geneva.
The wider landscape is an asset which can infiltrate the urban environment; it is important to take this into account. Similarly, water plays a key role in a quality urban environment. A neighbourhood becomes attractive as a result of synergy between public space, habitat and program, including everyday sport practices.
Elements of nature are found throughout the public space; in the new gardens installed at the foot of the station, in particular viewpoints or in the small plots of land linked to the domestic culture of vegetable production. Flexible, multifunctional, reversible spaces continue to evolve and develop alongside changing lifestyles whilst a mixed program enhances social function in the public space. A unique and attractive object, the folly is an architectural element punctuating the footpath. As well as a place to play, rest and contemplate, it offers a view towards the Alps, the Jura and the castle . It is a true architectural ‘surprise’; this folly becomes a point of reference for the new station neighbourhood.
Artists can get involved with the folly on a seasonal basis. This porgrammable space sets the pace for events and culture in the future area, becoming an integral element of the town.