Europa City will offer, on an unprecedented scale, a mix of retail, culture and leisure around a defining theme: Europe, its diversity, its urban experiences and its cultures. Rather than orienting Europa City towards the highway, we propose to integrate it as the natural center of a new business district. We propose an urban form that combines dense city with open landscape, exploring the urban and green potentials of the site at once. We propose a commercial city that becomes a gathering point for the surrounding neighborhoods– a new kind of commercial center that is blended into the urban texture, and includes rather than excludes the surrounding city. The programs of Europa City are organized along an internal boulevard with a mix of retail, entertainment and cultural programs on both sides. The boulevard forms a continuous loop travelling through six different areas themed as the various regions of Europe. The central boulevard becomes the Rambla, the Regent Street and the Champs-Élysées of Europa city. Along the boulevard, public bicycles and electric public transport bring visitors quickly around. The circular street creates at the same time surprising spatial experiences and a clear overview - It allows you to get lost, and still find your way.
Client: Immochan (Auchan Group), Wanda Group
Partners in Charge: Bjarke Ingels, Jakob Sand
Project Leader: Joao Albuquerque
Project Manager: Robert Grimm
Team: Aleksander Wadas, Anastasia Eleni Voutsa, Andrea Angela Suardi, Andreas Klok Pedersen, Brygida Zawadzka, Camille Crepin, Chloe Blain, David Tao, Dimitrie Grigorescu, Dominic Schmid, Elina Skujina, Elisa Wienecke, Finn Nørkjær, Franck Fdida, Gabrielle Nadeau, Jeffrey Mark Mikolajewski, Jesafa Templo, Jia Zhi Xing, Jing Xu, Joao Vieira Costa, José Carlos de Silva, Julieta Muzzillo, Laura Wätte, Lena Marie Lucie Rigal, Lorenzo Boddi, Lucian Racovitan, Magdalena Mroz, Marcos Garcia Bano, Maren Allen, Margarida Jéronimo, Michael Leef, Mikolai Adamus, Natalia Guerrero Gutiérrez, Quentin Blasing, Ryohei Koike, Salvador Quiles Palanca, Sandra Fleismann, Sarkis Sarkisyan, Sergi Sauras, Sida Zhang, Thiago De Almeida, Tiina Liisa Juuti
Collaborators: SETEC, L35, BASE, MICHEL FORGUE