Quartier Yuri Gagarine
This 1960 housing estate was the subject of an ambitious co-promotional redevelopment project with the intention of conserving the neighbourhood’s spirit while looking towards the future.
1,500 new flats and over 300 renovated dwellings, schools, businesses, offices and a crèche, a block plan of over 17 acres near Les
Lilas on the Paris to Romainville road: it is a vast project on a very metropolitan scale.
This meant preserving and renovating the high-rises as symbols of the Romainville skyline.
The high rises primed a new urban mesh, created varying exposures and interesting landmarks on a scale with the surrounding area.
On the other hand the linear high-rise blocks were knocked down, for they interrupted the flow of the overall plan.
The goal was to create a neighbourhood connected to the city, speaking to everyone in their calm density.
With its strong links with the greenery and the development of empty spaces with very generous, semi-open, inner courtyards, this neighbourhood
has now been reconnected to the rue de Paris by a major urban thoroughfare, a sort of boulevard that acts as a hyphen between the woods at one end and Romainville’s urban part at the other.
This kind of «Ramblas» is in three parts: the large outdoor market square, education and recreation connected to the woods.
And new parking garages liberate public space.