6th Holcim Awards 2020/21

62 The project proposes a large urban infrastructure intervention that aims to turn an environmental criticality into a resource for the city of Bordeaux. To overcome the problem of urban waste, a recycling park is created around the Vallée de Jalles, a vast natural area located northwest of the metropolis, on the left side of the Garonne River. Taking advantage of the natural resources of the area, the project moves beyond finding a technical answer to waste management – and proposes a landscape design that reconfigures the territory and integrates low-tech and high-tech facilities, thereby giving birth to a visionary, attractive city of the future. A wetland system is restored to offer new agricultural opportunities and plots of land are converted into recreational areas, while building units, designed as an aggregation of permeable multi-functional volumes, populate the park. Besides high-tech structures destined for waste treatment and renewable energy production, the project covers a wide Urban infrastructure integrated into a natural landscape Bordeaux, France Resource Circulation Holcim Awards Acknowledgement prize 2020 Europe