Quais de Seine à Rouen : rearranged urban spaces
THE SEINE, AN ECONOMIC CORRIDOR AND THE SYMBOL OF A NEW LIFESTYLE
Close to the Cathedral immortalized by Monet, between the Rouen Lyric Opera House and the Kindarena Sports Stadium, the 3 km of quays on the right bank, now renovated and embellished, have kept the charm of the original red brick hangars while providing new venues for leisure and recreational activities. Restaurants, clubs for sports, dancing or music, the Maritime Museum and Panorama XXL each delimit the wide promenade and create a new attractiveness around the river.
A PANORAMA CREATED BY ARTIST YADEGAR ASISI
A 360° panorama 25 meters high and 30 meters in diameter of Rouen in the 15th century has been ordered from the German artist to illustrate and stage the historic city centre at the time of Joan of Arc. The city has kept a large number of the half-timbered buildings typical of mediaeval times, and close links with the celebrated heroine who now has a Historial museum. Asisi’s panorama will echo those times, reinforcing the attractiveness for “historic” tourism in Rouen.
THE LEFT BANK QUAYS OFFER A NEW BALANCE BETWEEN MINERAL AND VEGETABLE.
Continuing on from the Peninsula and the development of the quays in the Flaubert eco-district, work began in 2013 with Equipe In Situ as prime contractor to re-design and redevelop the 6 hectares and 1.2 km of quays into three separate living areas. The replanting of the Saint-Sever dock to create an urban prairie, facing Saint Catherine Hill, will create an area for relaxation and walking in the heart of the city. It will be extended by creating a more structured garden on the Claquedent dock, with playgrounds and recreational activities. Finally the larger Curanderie esplanade will be built to accommodate cultural activities and events. This development and that of the Peninsula will completely redesign the quays on the left bank..
EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
The docks can be used to host large-scale events and the agenda for Rouen includes the 24-hour speedboat race, Rouen sur Mer, fireworks, and every 4-5 years visits by the largest tall ships in the world for the week of the Armada, which attracts huge crowds of visitors.