Nice Arenas

Nice (06)

Residential units, Student residence , Tourist residence, 4-star hotel, Car park + 2 office buildings

Grand Arénas in Nice is articulated around four axes – an attractive business district for international companies; the Nice Airport multimodal hub; a major exhibition centre for the Côte d’Azur; and an economic diversification strategy.

Building between the Grand Arénas Urban Development Zone and the Arénas sector along the Boulevard René Cassin in a site surrounded by, to the east, the “Porte de l’Arénas” offices, to the south, by the Place des Mosqaïques, and to the west, by the Paul Augier Hotel High School, represents a great opportunity to reconcile the Arénas with its surrounding territory. The idea is to fill in an empty space with a new urban complex.

Our project includes two buildings: to the west, “Le Carré”, so-called due to its square shape, and, to the east, an office building which extends the two wings of the Nice Plaza.

 

 

The main challenge of the project is to connect Boulevard René Cassin to the Place des Mosaïques via a new road separating Le Carré and the offices.

This new road will also feature a public garden facilitating the transition between the Place des Mosaïques and the built area.

There will also be a more confidential garden in the heart of Le Carré.

Le Carré will host a number of residential units, a student residence, accommodation for tourists, a 4-star hotel, and, on the ground floor, retail outlets. The office building will be made up of three contiguous units
In the heart of Le Carré there will be a six storey public car park with approximately 650 places, half of which will be buried beneath the two programmes.
Our approach to the composition of the volumes and the façades is designed to express the complexity of the project’s programme by affirming the transitions between destinations and buildings. The corners of Le Carré will be systematically treated as hollows and totems. Meanwhile, the offices will be punctuated by generous spaces.

For the most part, the façades of the office buildings will be in stone with laser-treated white concrete.

Only the hotel will feature a different form of cladding, with an anodized aluminium-style surface on the main façade, with a perforated surface on the façade facing Boulevard René Cassin.

Particular attention has been paid to the treatment of the timber elements with a view to enlivening Boulevard René Cassin.

For the student residence, a two-floor timber building will be constructed; this structure will feature a French window on the lower floor providing access to the long balcony, and a horizontal window on the upper floor.

The ensemble will be homogenised by metal slats, echoing the French window’s shutters. It will be thermos-lacquered in grey green, a colour recalling the hues of Nice’s historical centre. Insofar as the residential units are concerned, the “traditional” vocabulary of the windows will be enriched by fully glazed winter gardens, providing the residential units with an exterior space complementing that of the balconies and protected from noise from the Boulevard.

On the uppermost level of the hotel, which will be dedicated to the communal areas (the club), a curtain wall will surround the entire floor in order to provide a panoramic view of the horizon.

The woodwork of the offices will feature a range of warm colours.

Location
Arenas Sector, Nice (06)

Project Owner
Sogeprom

Programm

Residential units/ Student residence / Tourist residence/ 4-star hotel/ car park + 2 office buildings

Surface
29,100m²

Amount of the Works
NC

Date
2017-2019

Mission
Complete

Partner
Leclercq Associés

Agence Faragou Landscape

Ingérop, Technical Consultants


Team
Paul Laigle, Delphine Altier

Location
Arenas Sector, Nice (06)

Project Owner
Sogeprom

Programm

Residential units/ Student residence / Tourist residence/ 4-star hotel/ car park + 2 office buildings

Surface
29,100m²

Amount of the Works
NC

Date
2017-2019

Mission
Complete

Partner
Leclercq Associés

Agence Faragou Landscape

Ingérop, Technical Consultants


Team
Paul Laigle, Delphine Altier