Session : EUROPAN 9

Année de lancement : 2007

Site : Mulhouse

Pays : France

Thème : Local mutations: intensifying

Nombre de participants : 26

Niveau de documentation : 75%




Since the 18th century, Mulhouse has seen successive periods of industrialisation and deindustrialisation around textiles, chemicals, and the rail and car industries. Situated near Basel, its international airport and the Southern Rhine industrial area, the conurbation of Mulhouse is now looking to keep pace with industrial developments by improving the appeal of the region, whilst reinforcing social cohesion in particular through deliberate housing policy (5500 new dwellings by 2010) on a number of large urban projects. 
These strategic projects are profoundly changing the district's relationship with the town centre, especially as it is served by the tramway. Formerly on the outskirts of the town, the neighbourhood is now within the first urban circle around the historic centre and, by allowing cross-traffic, helps provide a connection and interface between the nuclei of Nouveau Bassin and the Vauban-Neppert district. This new urban dynamic gives it the opportunity to reconstruct its own identity: the project should build on the existing fabric, and phasing will be as important as the project itself. The programme for the project site is to create a diversity of functions in order to improve the quality of use and the services provided to the population. Apart from the apartment buildings, dense individual and intermediate housing will be developed. In the long term, the plan is to demolish and rebuild the whole district. In the short term, the empty spaces between buildings will be used to construct a few dwellings to rehouse families. Making maximum use of available land will increase building density.  
Situated on the northern edge of the town centre, the 20 hectare study site is surrounded by large urban projects: to the east, the Nouveau Bassin Designated Development Site with its Filature cultural centre designed by Claude Vasconi and the tramway alongside, and to the west, Nicolas Michelin's ongoing refurbishment of the Vauban-Neppert district. Cité Sellier, which is owned by the Mulhouse Habitat OPAC [public development and construction office], occupies a large part of the project site's 6 hectares and contains two structures situated on either side of Rue des Merles: the Sellier Sector which contains several three- to five-storey apartment buildings, i.e. almost 400 dwellings; and the Henri Sellier school complex.  
In Mulhouse, a town in southern Alsace, the recent introduction of the tramway has provided a starting point for the refurbishment of many sections of urban fabric. Against this background, the task is to establish a project for the renewal of the Cité Sellier estate, by providing connections and interfaces with the large-scale projects under construction near the site, the Nouveau Bassin Designated Development Zone to the east and the Vauban-Neppert district to the west. The project raises the question of redefining the identity of a social housing site, using the process of reconstruction/demolition not as an end in itself but as a means of improving residential quality for existing and future populations, through the relationship between the site and the town.  
Zone d'étude
20 ha
Zone opérationnelle
6.1 ha

Comité de pilotage

Chef de projet
Paul Béranger 
  • Jean-Paul Bléry

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