Life in the district

Starlette is a vantage point for views over the city bordered on two sides by features which structre the landscape: to the West, a park stretching the length of the Vauban basin with a panoramic view over Strasbourg Cathedral and the Vosges mountains; and to the East, the new Parc du Petit Rhin with views over the port area and the Black Forest in Germany.

It is this impressive panorama which has inspired the general design of the district. Buildings are arranged on different levels to let in the sunlight and offer generous views over the Vauban basin and the city. Thanks to the step-like arrangement the number of accessible and shared terraces and rooftops can be increased. The size of the buildings exudes simplicity and strength, with their silhouette recalling the silos and warehouses of the old port. 

Green and blue lines contour the landscape. Between the Vauban basin and the Parc du Petit Rhin pedestrian routes alternate with public or more private alleyways. These green walkways form a maze of footpaths and gardens that wind their way through the islands of buildings.

Ball, pencil pictogram

1 urban park of 5.6 hectares and 1 quayside walkway

Pencil, model pictogram

50 000 m² of socio-cultural and economic activities (office space, continuing training, community services, shops, etc.)

Buildings, vegetation pictogram



Pencil, model pictogram



Access and getting around

Car traffic is essentially limited to 20 km/h. Thanks to a diversion, the Rue du Petit Rhin is spared lorry traffic and provides access to two public car parks. Business activity follows the tram route, with shops and services punctuating the pedestrian crossings. Car use is restricted, whereas walking, cycling, and public transport are all made easier. The new public spaces are designed to be accessible and user-friendly for people with impaired mobility. Cycle paths run alongside the Rue du Petit Rhin and the tram route The avenues, quays, and Parc du Petit Rhin are made into pedestrian spaces for the enjoyment of all, be it children, walkers, or rodreamers. All residential and office blocks also include spacious, secure, and easy-access bicycle storage.

Map showing tram stops, transport hubs, and key locations in the 4 districts covered by the Deux-Rives project
Map showing tram stops, transport hubs, and key locations in the 4 districts covered by the Deux-Rives project

Before / After

View of the Vauban basin from Starlette. Photo credit: David Betzinger.
View of the Starlette quayside walkway. Credit: Agence TER.
Vue perspective de la promenade sur le quai à Starlette. Crédits Agence TER.
Vue du bassin Vauban depuis Starlette. Crédits photo David Betzinger.

History of the district

Starlette coal pellets in the 20th century. Photo credit: Inventaire de la région/Patrimoine d'Alsace
Starlette coal pellet factory in the 20th century. Photo credit: Inventaire de la région/Patrimoine d'Alsace

The coal star

Starlette owes its name, so reminiscent of the world of cinema, to the former coal pellet factory founded in 1931. The pellets, sold under the “Starlette” brand, were obtained by pressing crude coal tar, and direct access to the waterway was essential for the constant loading and unloading of the barges moored alongside the quays beside the factory.

A prosperous interwar period

The inter-war period was a very favourable time for the development of the Rhine port. 1927 saw the construction of the Ramparts Basin where the Starlette coal pellet factory took over the site of a former oil port to the north of what is now the Pont d’Anvers.

Let's talk about it!

Would you like to know more about the project and its 4 districts? If so, the Point Coop – Café Deux-Rives is the place for you, a mediation space where you will find a project model and an exhibition dedicated to the project, along with temporary exhibitions put on by key district stakeholders, and, the cherry on the cake, a visitors’ café! The Point Coop is open to visitors every Wednesday afternoon from 2 to 6 pm.

However, if the wait is too long, you can always get in touch by filling in the form below, and we shall do what we can to answer your questions as quickly as possible!


18 rue du Port du Rhin
67000 Strasbourg

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Wednesdays: 2 pm › 6 pm
18 rue du Port du Rhin


Tram D, Port du Rhin Tram Stop
N° 2 Bus Line, Coopérative Bus Stop

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