Transform without changing anything, or almost …
To transform is to restore the space of the Place de l’Île de Beauté in Nice. The enhancement of the landscaped and built environment reveals multiple potentialities and new uses, to the benefit of the quality of daily life of Nice residents and visitors. This “revelation” is in line with the prospect of recognition by Unesco of the remarkable character of the place.
In line with the geography of the site and built around the existing heritage, the project offers a refined composition around the Church of Notre-Dame-du-Port and the arcades on both sides.
The work of the soil seeks to allow strolling, in opposition to the current ambient chaos with a search for sobriety through a development concerned with sustainability.
In continuation of the dynamics of requalifications of Old Nice, the project proposes by its treatment to connect the “Place de mer” (Place Ile de Beauté) and the “place de Terre” (Place Garibaldi).
The reorganization of light vehicle flows and traffic allows the pedestrianization of the Port district to begin. The square and the quays extend to the facades of rue Fodéré with a public space designed by the landscape.
The soil treatment unit facilitates access to existing and recently delivered public transport (T2) to enlarge the square, a multimodal exchange area with a belvedere on the Mediterranean.
The project restores the scale and unity of Place Ile de Beauté in Nice.
With Egis Ville et Transports (BET TCE, travel studies and VRD), C&M Aurel urban design (lighting designer)