This project was a student competition in Valenciennes which consisted in designing a new marina for about 100 boats. It takes place on the river Escault, not far from the city center, where the river divides in two arms surrounding an island, l’ilot Folien.
By considering the island’s landscape as the major strength of the site, the idea is to preserve this wilderness, and to make it accessible to the public
The marina takes the form of a minimalistic linear intervention which structures the site and the nautical flows without modifying the shape of the riverbanks. It offers a new access to the water, alternating bleachers of stone and natural parts supplemented by a wooden dock.
Located at a strategic point, an old mechanical room is converted into the harbour master’s office. At the entrance of the marina, it provides a great point of view over the ballet of ships.
Bénéteau Architecture Competition / 2013
59300 Quai des Mines, Valenciennes, France
Credits: Nicolas Pabion & Benjamin Nicaud & Victor Trosset