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.
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.