- Size : landscape + built
- 15.356 m² + 280 m²
- Type of procurment
Browning - Transformation of an industrial site into a park.
Browning Park serves as a green oasis for the city center and establishes a robust new connection between neighborhoods.
Over time, the old weapons industry on the site has been abandoned and fragmented into a multitude of sealed, grey spaces. The initial action of the project is to create a new pedestrian axis that bridges the diverse neighboring quarters.
The new park is organized into different zones to accommodate various users, regardless of age or gender. Various activities are provided: a skatepark, a children's playground, fitness installations, picnic tables, a small forest, a square with a water fountain, and a flower garden. These park sections are situated along the pedestrian spine that traverses the site, free from any steps or obstacles.
The project's overarching approach is to maximize the use of existing features and provide the highest quality to the spaces defined by the new development. The Browning factory building will be partially transformed into a covered hall connected to an intergenerational house. The main part of the building will be preserved to create a flexible, square-plan hall for diverse uses. It will facilitate hosting covered activities for the city and offer shelter during inclement weather conditions.
The existing metal structure will be retained and topped with a wooden roof. The hall's garden, composed of the exposed metal structure that allows wild plants to grow over it, will be treated to withstand weather conditions.