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Marly-le-Roi - City center restructuration

  • Marly-le-Roi [Yvelines]
  • 2014
Completed
Southern façade of the market hall (Photo by Guillaume Grasset)

Southern façade of the market hall (Photo by Guillaume Grasset)

(Photo by Guillaume Grasset)

(Photo by Guillaume Grasset)

The market hall on market days  (Photo by Guillaume Grasset)

The market hall on market days (Photo by Guillaume Grasset)

(Photo by Guillaume Grasset)

(Photo by Guillaume Grasset)

The market hall as seen from the railway station (Photo by Guillaume Grasset)

The market hall as seen from the railway station (Photo by Guillaume Grasset)

(Photo by Guillaume Grasset)

(Photo by Guillaume Grasset)

(Photo by Guillaume Grasset)

(Photo by Guillaume Grasset)

(Photo by Guillaume Grasset)

(Photo by Guillaume Grasset)

Central alley, completed and under construction(Photos by Frederic Allinne, Camille Henry)

Central alley, completed and under construction(Photos by Frederic Allinne, Camille Henry)

(Photo by Frédéric Allinne)

(Photo by Frédéric Allinne)

Ceiling (Photo by Frederic Allinne)

Ceiling (Photo by Frederic Allinne)

(Photo by Frederic Allinne)

(Photo by Frederic Allinne)

(Photo by Frederic Allinne)

(Photo by Frederic Allinne)

(Photo by Ameller & Dubois)

(Photo by Ameller & Dubois)

(Photo by Frederic Allinne)

(Photo by Frederic Allinne)

(Photos by François Travaux)

(Photos by François Travaux)

Northern façade (Photo by Guillaume Grasset)

Northern façade (Photo by Guillaume Grasset)

Mass plan

Mass plan

The hall as a gathering place and a token of environmental care

Urban design plan approved unanimously by the Municipal Council of Marly-le-Roi. It includes the construction of a market hall with a half-buried and an outdoor car park, plus a housing project. The project would also have to ensure the junction between the railway station and the bus station.

Marly-le-Roi, a dozen kilometers (circa 8 miles) away from Versailles, was one of the places where Sun King Louis XIV had a castle built, later destroyed during Napoleon's reign. A new market hall recently been built there by our firm, following the standards of the High Environmental Quality certification, along with a redesign of the city center landscape and a housing project.

The market hall is situated in an exceptionally central location in Marly–le–Roi, surrounded by houses and overlooked by the railway. Its design comprises a dual challenge : to create an attractive building, likely to bring about a lively neighborhood, and fit into a very landscaped environment despite the presence of a large mineral slab and plenty of parking.

The hall

The shape of the hall is simple, strictly square. Slight movements of the roof allow the introduction of zenithal light facing north. The hall is freed from all columns, which gives the building a complete flexibility of design and evolution. The underside of the hall is covered with wood cladding which ensures pleasant acoustics.

Vegetation covers promote a good visual perception of the roof. It also improves thermal comfort and facilitates rainwater management. The facades are equipped with wooden sunshades placed horizontally or vertically, according to their orientation.

The forecourt

Exterior stalls are disposed around the square hall. Stairs situated in the continuity of the circulation around the stalls provide access to the parking below. A side road controlled by retractable bollards enables easy delivery to the shops. The fully planted side slope to the east constitutes a land reserve for the future housing units. Situated between the forecourt and the park, and facing the entrance of the hall, a small wooden-clad building gathers under its roof the usher’s office, additional rooms and discreetly accessible restrooms.

To the west along the Fontenelle Street, urban development follows the plan of the future multi-modal transport hub. The patio illuminating the parking on the lower level is generously planted with tall trees, embedded flowerbeds, assemblages of mineral matter, thus completing the planning of the court.

The space in the vicinity of the parking patio constitutes a transitional space between the new market hall and the housing project, and offers seating areas and shade. The tops of the trees emerging from the patio are similar to those in the planted parking lot, creating a visual link between the forecourt and the landscaped parking.

The covered parking

The existing parking is maintained and brought up to standards. Thanks to its patio, its extension benefits from pleasant and luminous parking space. An elevator gives access to the court from the exterior as well as the interior parking. Its glass treatment makes it a discreet and contemporary element of the court.

Exterior parking

The parking lot is organized in a flexible manner, in order to conform to the terrain’s topography and fuse the parking spaces with the vegetation. The natural character of the place is given by planting the trees in bulks instead of aligning them. With its soft and curved shaped, the exterior parking stands out from the repetitive strict alignments of traditional outdoor parking lots, and thus fits smoothly into the project’s general composition.

Housing

To the west of our site, a housing program is to complete the operation.
Achieving these twelve housing units is not an integral component of the project. It is nevertheless an important issue, given its presence in western boundary of the site. Our firm defined a construction on two levels clad with wood and resting on the parking; it would be treated as three sliding modules oriented east-west. This principle of fragmentation allows the residence to better integrate itself into the site. The scale of the building thus divided reveals the covered market and adapts well to a primarily suburban environment.

CLIENT
City of Marly-le-Roi

ARCHITECTS AND URBAN DESIGNERS
Ameller Dubois

LANDSCAPE ENGINEERING
Trait Vert

GENERAL ENGINEERING
Gruet Ingénierie

SURFACE
16,400 m2

COST (housing not included)
$6.500.000 plus taxes
4.9 M€ HT

DATE DE CONCEPTION
2011

DATE DE FINITION
2014

Contractor
Ville de Marly-le-Roi
Location
Marly-le-Roi [Yvelines]
Dates
2011 - 2014
Surface
1600 m²
Budget
6,5 M€ HT, hors logements
Architects
Jacques Dubois, Philippe Ameller. Assistés de : Camille Henry, Catherine Laroche, Hélène Martin.
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