This district surrounded almost entirely by water (also known as the “Neudorf peninsula”), has all the makings of a city port. The industrial architectural heritage of the port area is transformed as it becomes home to restaurants and shops, a destination in its own right.
The quays are converted into walkways, and the northern tip is turned into a park and linked up to the Parc de la Citadelle. Productive activities are integrated into the project and port jobs (Cafés SATI ou Batorama) are saved. Thus, a link is established between what exists today and the mixed district of tomorrow. A new housing district is emerging on the waterfront, along the Vauban basin.
The district is formed of a grid of narrow streets and alleys where car traffic is restricted. The height of the buildings alternates between two and four storeys. Landscaped avenues serve the dwellings grouped together in islands. Outside areas are breathing spaces of greenery, ideal for meeting up with neighbours in shared gardens and alleys. The dwellings have extensions in the form of loggia, balconies, and patios. The roofs re-interpret the Alsatian tradition of superposed openings and light sources.
Access and getting around
Less than 15 minutes by tram from the historic centre of Strasbourg, the peninsula is easily accessible and relieved of car traffic, with parking provided by two parking and transport hubs in the southern part of the district. Crossing the peninsula, an elevated green walkway runs along the dyke from the rue de Nantes, culminating in a viewing platform leading straight to the Parc de la Citadelle, linked to the district by a new bridge for cyclists and pedestrians that weaves its way above the water basins. Where necessary, motor vehicles have access to a one-way loop. The shops are centred around the Citadelle tramstop, already in use.