Rouen, Flaubert eco-district, France

Rouen, Flaubert eco-district, France

The Flaubert Green Neighbourhood is a requalification project of a railroad and harbor industrial wasteland, on a 90 ha territory, including a difficult issue regarding reclaiming from the locals of these abandoned sites.
The first section of work relates to the docks promenade and the restoration of old warehouses. It is a transit and living space with multiple uses, both mundane and event-related (Armada, Saint Romain fare…)

The lighting design concept is based on the memory of the site, to play a role in the long term in the requalification and identity of the site, as well as its reclaiming by locals and visitors,

Lighting systems are made of industrial materials and fixtures: metal, projectors on poles, suspended lanterns. The new promenade and the nocturnal gardens have a festive and creative aesthetic: a range of blue-hued colors on greenery, plays of colored shadows on the tracks, and the signaling of the curve of the Seine river on poles. The lighting project participates in the green neighborhood approach: through the fine study of principles and uses to limit energy consumption, or the application of low light levels.

This first section strived to be an exemplary case, pre-figuring the general landscape of a changing neighborhood. The project is laureate of the 2018 Landscaping Grand Prize.


Lighting design: Concepto
Project management: Lead landscape design J. Osty and associates Agency, Urbanism Architecture ATTICA, Technical consulting Egis France
Contracting owner: Rouen Elbeuf Austreberthe Urban area Community (CREA – Communauté d’agglomération Rouen Elbeuf Austreberthe)
Completion: Section 1: 2013 // project ongoing till 2030
Surface: 90 ha

Photo credit: Concepto