How to connect the city center of Creil to the edge of the Oise, to a district positioned on a plateau, while crossing a remarkable landscape on a vertical line of 40m? It was the challenge of this project led with determination by the team of the agency Espace Libre, landscapers and urban planners, with the support of the city of Creil.
Espace Libre的创始人、景观设计师Maxime Saïsse表示：“该项目的关键是要在种满树木的山坡上构建一条城市坡道，使其与市中心的一个孤立区域相连。一个原本可能平淡无奇的开发项目实际上成为了一个与景观、生态系统和视野都密切相关的独特项目。”
“The originality of this operation is due to a determined mastery of work that decided to connect an isolated district of the city center by the inscription of an urban ramp through a wooded hillside,” says Maxime Saïsse, landscape architect founder of Espace Libre. What could have been a banal development operation turned into a real project featuring the landscape, ecosystems, and vistas.
▼镶嵌在山间树林的城市坡道，an urban ramp inscribed through a wooded hillside
The sensitive layout of pathways and observation platforms is part of a natural process rather than the setting up of new uses of the site.
▼精心布局的路线和观景台，pathways and observation platforms in a sensitive layout
▼观景台带来市区和瓦兹的绝佳风景，the belvedere at the top of the bridge opens an exceptional point of view of the city and the Oise
▼剖面图: 坡道以更加柔和的方式连接了山上住宅区与城市中心，sections: the ramp gently connects the neighborhood to the city center
Located north of Paris, Creil is a city that developed strongly in the post-war period by the emergence of neighborhoods characteristic of this period. A dense urban neighborhood has multiplied on the heights of Creil forty meters higher than the city center, cut off by a wooded hillside. This spatial configuration resulted in an urban break that never allowed the inhabitants to connect the city center any other way than by a monumental staircase. The will to gently connect the neighborhood to the city center, along with the new standards for handicapped friendly structures, was the opportunity to think about a global project that went through the ecological restoration of the site, the hydrographic network and endemic plant species. By a careful study of the site; an inventory of its potential, as well as a detailed study of the nature of the soil were conducted in order to minimise the environmental damage.
▼坡道的设计与景观、生态系统和视野都密切相关，a real project featuring the landscape, ecosystems, and vistas
▼不同方式的布局突显出不同的景观特征，the layout of the route reveals the characteristics of a remarkable landscape
The layout of the route needed to be very discreet, while revealing the characteristics of a remarkable landscape. This set of constraints accentuated the strength of the project, in particular by the inclusion of a footbridge at the bottom of the path, making it possible to catch up with a level coastline essential for people with reduced mobility. This majestic bridge is more than a hundred meters long and rises through the treetops through an English park. The belvedere at the top of the bridge is floating and opens an exceptional point of view of the city and the Oise. The structure of the steel bridge, along with oak and larch wood, withstands vibrations and the force of heavy winds.
▼设计团队在路径的初始部分设置了一座人行桥，a footbridge was created at the bottom of the path
▼从公园草坪望向人行桥，view to the footbridge from the park
▼桥面细部，footbridge detailed view
▼桥身以钢结构和橡木及落叶松木打造，能够抵御地震和强风，the structure of the steel bridge, along with oak and larch wood, withstands vibrations and the force of heavy winds
The 1.2 kilometers of the path are marked with places to have a break, meeting and observe: the belvedere haut；the Laversine glades；the belvedere of the crossroads；the crossroads；the hiker’s plaza – the ramp. In these spaces, a signage highlights the endangered species that can be found along the way. Their treatment favors sensitivity and sobriety, as the images are in black and white and are enlarged from scale, so that the users can immerse themselves in the “faces” of the often unknown living species that we share our ecosystem with.
▼黑白照片指示出沿途的一些濒危物种，a signage highlights the endangered species that can be found along the way
▼从桥上俯瞰路径，view from the bridge
▼发光的人行桥，the luminous footbridge at night
▼人行桥结构示意，footbridge structure diagram
Contracting Authority：CITY OF CREIL
Project Management Team：
FREE SPACE LANDSCAPE AND URBANISM WITH
EGIS, EUROVIA, LOISELEUR,
MARCANTERA, EIFFAGE ENERGY
Program：CRÉATION OF A RAMP
Year of completion：2018
Drawings © Agence Espace Libre
Photography © Julien Falsimagne
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