The team chooses a rehabilitation in the continuity of the history of the site, that of art and industry. The 15,900 m² wasteland at the entrance to the town, formerly occupied by the metallurgist Gaury and then the “Projet 244” street arts laboratory, will be converted into a veritable pedestrian area dedicated to crafts and art. The operation has been carried out from the very first phases of the competition with collective intelligence: the project is designed in consultation with residents, public actors, future users and local operators.
It offers an ultra-contextual and respectful urban vision: upgrading of the existing industrial heritage without demolition, reuse of the structural frames of the old halls, maintenance of the porosities of natural soils, reversibility and modularity of the operation.
Share emerges thanks to a 100% collective intelligence method. From the competition phase, the team has been structuring its work around “workshops” days, meetings with residents and local stakeholders and public work workshops open to all. Thus, a solid working relationship has been established with the city services and its elected officials as soon as the contract was awarded. This “way of doing things” truly shaped the root of the project and will be maintained throughout its various stages.
The Share team is plural and versatile: each member has skills, talents and knowledge that go beyond their expertise, position or place of life. That is why the group brings together actors from different fields of work, all working to activate the site and its transformation into a place of life, work and activities dedicated to culture: national drama center of Tours, Hirundi, Make ICI…
Share is the new southwest gateway to Tours city center. It is a privileged meeting place with a unique cultural and artisanal offer. The project promotes thre know-how culture and promotes an alternative way of life: shared spaces build on synergies between uses and inhabitants
Share seeks sustainable urban planning. The exceptional character of this steep-sided site, with its rooftop landscape, becomes the fertile ground for an urban and architectural proposal that respects the historical and environmental context. The project consists of capable volumes. Capable of adapting to all possible overlaps of uses, to individual needs, within parameters of sustainability and ecological awareness. This operation is not stuck: it is an impetus that will allow the project to transform during its occupation.
free and flexible
Pooling is illustrated everywhere: the car park, but also the artist’s workshops, the restaurant, the multi-association / seminar spaces or the medical center. As for reversibility, no less than 7000 m² of open-air parking and 2000 m² of offices are designed to be able to change destination. The project weaves the web of a lively and evolving neighborhood, with lasting qualities and lasting positive impact.
Share encourages appropriation, profusion, experimental approaches and consultation. Its structure is free and flexible. Readable and rational, it offers future residents the setting for a game to build together. The inclusive nature of the programming reflects a richness of life, freedom and expression.
Unlike juxtaposition, programming is the articulation of a whole: each entity fuels the others by synergy. The project becomes a factory of alternating currents as generations, artists, cyclists, inhabitants, employees, passing people, tourists mix, express themselves, practice, make, live.
This factory of alternative currents responds to societal challenges: putting crafts and art back in the heart of the city, supporting young people wishing to engage in manual and artistic practices, promoting entrepreneurship, social integration, training and professional retraining but also arouse vocations by going to the conquest of new audiences and talents.
The project will undergo a transitional occupation phase and will foreshadow where Maison Gaury will be turned into a co-design laboratory. With citizen openness in mind and public consultation, residents will be invited to participate in workshops throughout the design of the project. Residents and future users will also be able to take part in moments of conviviality which will shape this transitional occupation: exhibitions, cultural and sporting events, free artistic or craft workshops.
the architecture of an urban vision
Share reconnects the north and south districts. It offers generous, open, landscaped and mostly pedestrian public spaces; cars are confined to the parking lot near the railway tracks. Share highlights its Loire identity and pays great attention to the site’s natural constraints. The natural soil and the various porosities crossing the site right through are kept to maintain permeability and allow water drainage. Thanks to the filtration basins and the various public gardens, plants maintain biodiversity between the banks of the Cher and the railway tracks.
The architectural project repairs the city by highlighting the heritage of Touraine. By reclaiming the layouts of the historic halls which will be rehabilitated, it builds on what already exists and unfolds an innovative structural framework throughout the site. This flexible post-beam frame will allow for any future programmatic reversibility while the reconversion of the old halls limits demolitions and helps controlling its environmental impact.
a neighborhood as project
The project’s architectural coherence ensures harmony while allowing each program to be distinguished by a roof, an industrial materiality and an atmosphere which give the project a contemporary character.
A series of intermediate housing sets the pace for a new urban alignment along Avenue Auguste Chevalier. Closer to the Cher, the hotel connects with Boulevard Winston Churchill. It offers a belvedere along the water and opens up two levels of platforms free of charge to residents and associations. The theater and the workshops are located in the Hall Gaury, completely preserved and rehabilitated to make it a place of artistic expression echoing the place’s past of manufacture and art – project 244.
The offices take advantage of the site’s inner specificity and take up the structural characteristics of the old halls on which they stand. Their entrances open onto the agora, a public space at the heart of the site, a link between the restaurant and the repair café. This agora is a central public space, supporting representations and expressions, facing the bleachers installed in the natural slope. The heart of the project is a living and gathering place, accessible to all.
Architect : ANMA
Associate architect : Alain Gourdon
Landscape : Phytorestore
Environment : Etamine