Réalimenter Masséna is a reference for all future citizens. This “micro-city” is conceived both architecturally and programmatically through the circular economy. In this building nothing is lost; everything is transformed, shared, adapted and interlinked. The aim is to help “speed up the sustainable transition toward a sustainable earth”, authors say.
Réalimenter Masséna brings together within a unique setting complementary experts in the Food chain. It will become an advanced base for research and innovation allowing consumers to take their nutrition in hand and for producers to valorize their productions. Innovative technological tools will be put in place to accompany the different actors towards an agricultural transition.
It will be a place dedicated to a food ‘culture’ in the broadest sense. This is a real challenge for Réalimenter Masséna which will allow constructing in one place and among its collaborators an actual sustainable food oriented culture with tools and day to day activities such as a workshop, a market, an interactive canteen, a black box cultural venue and an artistic platform.
This project is plural. It is conceived both architecturally and programmatically through the circular economy. In this building nothing is lost; everything is transformed, shared, adapted and interlinked. Réalimenter Masséna sets out to implement virtuous functioning in a unique location with key players in France’s urban farming development.
The Massena Station is rehabilitated while respecting its architecture, witness of the industrial past of the neighborhood. The roofing is slightly raised to house open and transparent spaces dedicated to urban farming. The strength and iconic architecture of the station was sublimated by the arcade openings on the tower’s facade. The tower’s contemporary architecture binds itself to the history and memory of the neighborhood with a common language, and by acknowledging historic architecture.
Réalimenter Masséna also stands out with a bio-sourced wood construction which is a favourable approach to sustainable development. The integration of the “Cradle to Cradle” concept to the project reinforces the aspects of circular economy developed throughout the project.