In the proximity of the Centre Pompidou-Metz and the high-speed train station, The Amphitheatre District in Metz is the new face of the city of Metz. The diversity of urban functions characteristic of this project leads a new organization of the city.
The lead planner, Nicolas Michelin, set the conceptual ground lines for the area. Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés led a group of five associate architects (Devanthéry-Lamunière with SEARCH and André & Moulet Architecture, DND Architectes, Serge Hoffmann) to develop approximately 80 000 m² of diverse program as part of an international program.
The Amphitheatre District is designed to be a living, vibrating neighborhood in which all sorts of activities can be developped in constant motion and intensity, following the rhythm of contemporary urban life. The district aims to be lively day and night, as opposed to office complexes getting deserted at night and in the weekend.
The functions are organized the same way as the programs are intertwined. They all find their meaning in the way they dialogue with one another and generate a free interpretation of the city by its inhabitants.
The district is characterized by the porosity between its different parts and the accesses generated inbetween public and private spaces. Private and social housing coexist with offices, residences for elder and disabled people, parking ramps and gardens while the services and shops are open to all.
Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés writes a new page for this territory with a project made of several layers of architecture, interior design and ladnscape that dialogue with one another.
Topographically, Muse extends along a covered street that opens out opposite the Centre Pompidou-Metz. The housing block on this square, of which the facade is clad in a checkerboard pattern of glass panels, rises up to invite the public to enter the shopping space with cafés, exhibition places, library, co-working spaces and restaurants.
The route through Muse, pierced by light wells and glazed roofs, opens up onto two public squares offering relaxation areas and terraces.
A stroll through the building leads to four artworks by Julio Le Parc, Lionel Estève, Chourouk Hriech and Romain Froquet. The art has been specifically created for the site and make the building a destination on its own echoing with the Centre Pompidou-Metz.
To the south and preceding the square where the second housing block is located, a large vertical circulation space connects the retail spaces to the car park level.
Muse and the Amphitheatre District express the city as an anchor point where each and every individual can find their place as a citizen. The project aims to provide an answer to the expanding density problem by the correlation of activities and by architectural diversity.
This organization of an entire mixed-use urban and vertical district is an example of Jean-Paul Viguier’s concept of a new intense city (IntenCity).