Bottière-Chênaie ecodistrict in Nantes - Park & Public Spaces

Our work for the Bottière Chênaie eco-district looks to express the attributes of the former agricultural occupation in order to anchor the project in the site, to position it as a single place. The new urban frame, the park and the public spaces are in keeping with the framework of parcels. In a spirit of sedimentation, the new script is drawn over the lines of the existing walls.


The Commandant Cousteau plazza and the 'foot-bath' of raining water


Streets and ditches

The streets complete this singular work and mixt collecting ditch for rainwater and concrete path shared between pedestrian, cycles and cars. Under the windows of the new houses the public spaces are though occupied at more than 50% by vegetation that contribute to low down the local warming due to global warming…and bring a new ecological landscape in this eco-district.

The park and the Gohards stream

An urban park that goes hand in hand with and balances the new densities, its mainly indigenous vegetation will contribute to the expression of a nature regained.

There are numerous traces of Man's understanding of the site in the past. Among them, several reservoirs that stocked water for watering, linked to wells remain and form part of the identity of the place. In addition to preserving and restoring of some of them, we plan to use wind energy to revitalize the provision of water for the future allotments and the park.

The community vegetable gardens

The collection of rainwater expresses the geography of this site. Ditches, canals and channels give meaning and direction to the public spaces

The Haroun Tazieff mall and the rain-water canal

The south park and its rainwater basin

The companions' basin

The watertank square

Nantes Métropole Aménagement
Place du Commandant Cousteau, Nantes - 47°14'24.21"N-1°30'47.82"O
Pranlas-Descours, urban planner - SCE, Civil Civil Engineering - Confluences, Water managment
Budget / Area
22 000 000 € / 30 ha
2005 - 2018
Eco-District 2009 - Graduated 1° Price for URBAN ART – 'Séminaire Robert Auzelle' – 2011 (15° édition) - Prix départemental d'aménagement Loire Atlantique 2012 - National Eco-District Label 2013