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Entrez les murs Aigle

Aigle has an important position in the Swiss infrastructure network and combines this with a phenomenal location in a landscape of wine-growing valleys between high Alps and Lake Geneva. Nonetheless, Aigle is not very inviting for short or long-term visitors. Traffic mainly causes problems such as public spaces dominated by parked cars. The multimodal qualities of the station area are not fully used either. We propose to use the existing plans for a ring road to improve the functionality of the parking areas present at the edge of the city center. Rethinking the orientation and location of public transport emphasizes... Read More

Aigle has an important position in the Swiss infrastructure network and combines this with a phenomenal location in a landscape of wine-growing valleys between high Alps and Lake Geneva.

Nonetheless, Aigle is not very inviting for short or long-term visitors. Traffic mainly causes problems such as public spaces dominated by parked cars. The multimodal qualities of the station area are not fully used either.

We propose to use the existing plans for a ring road to improve the functionality of the parking areas present at the edge of the city center. Rethinking the orientation and location of public transport emphasizes the strategic location of the train station and stresses the importance of Rue de la Gare, the city’s central street.

This will define the morphology more clearly: The Rue de la Gare will have a strong focus and enclosure, while the urban blocks will open up towards the landscape thus becoming more inviting for visitors and residents.

This plan is no blueprint, but a strategy based on local characteristics; a robust structure with flexible projects. We propose to use the “wall” as a supporting architectural concept in future development: This element is ubiquitous in both the direct urban context as the more rural surroundings. The many possibilities and variations of opening, revealing and masking are capable of dealing with several situations that will occur.

 

FACTS
Location: Aigle (CH)
Program: 15 ha urban transformation
Client: Europan
Year: 2011
Collaborators: Pieter Theuws

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