Rennes : St-Martin meadows
Ville de Rennes
+ EODD + INGEROP
Rennes / Ille-et-Vilaine
budget / 9 M€
surface / 30 ha
completion / 2018
The Saint Martin meadows are a fragment of nature located on the northern edge of the city centre.
Disguised as an abandoned area, these meadows offer a unique point of view over the city. Water shaped this site, rendering it indomitable and therefore protecting it from urbanisation. Today it is a natural landscape that sits by the city centre.
While preserving this identity, the meadows are designed to welcome cultural festivals and popular events. A public space which the inhabitants can appropriate temporarily or permanently.
The spatial structure and vegetation is largely based on the existing framework. The project was a matter of clarifying the different existing landscape structures. The site is structured around gradients; from natural dry landscape to wetlands, from domestic to more wild spaces. We see gradients on a spatial and ecological level as well.
More than just a park, the Saint Martin meadows question the role of nature and the wild in the city. It’s not about making the place a sanctuary neither is it about fighting back against the urban fabric nor is it about belittling the role of this site. It’s status is ambiguous; for us it is a research opportunity to discover new activities in dynamic urban nature.