Frédéric Leyre (Magasin General) with Clément Carrière and Nicolas Didier (architects) invented a plan for the compensation of construction sites via the revegetation of the technical work structures (scaffolding, temporary offices, etc.).
For this system of unique, vertical revegetation, a material will specifically be developed for soilless, flexible, water-tight cultivation, enabling the establishment of long-lasting ecosystems.
Rethinking the building’s shell has already allowed new solutions to come to light. In this lineage, the latest techniques for walls and vegetated roofs offer an immense potential for green territories, but only on long-lasting supports.
But the city is alive, constantly moving and repairing itself. A perpetual meshing of scaffolding on huge construction sites is part of this landscape, offering up an immense, permanent available surface.
Exploiting this considerable, vertical, surface and covering it with a bed of plants; transforming the metallic structure so as to compensate the construction site thus creating truly green pockets, in urban zones.
As any new vegetated space introduced into the city, the plan immediately produces measurable compensatory effects:
- return of life
- filtering of dust
- decrease in heat islands
- absorption of pollutants and CO2
- phonic absorption
- increase of the feeling of well-being in local residents
The technical process
Material specifically developed for soilless, flexible, water-tight cultivation, allowing the setting-up of long-lasting ecosystems, with high adaptation capacity, by seed planting or in pre-cultures. A light product, even when fully saturated with water, its mechanical resistance is superior to the current European standards, and does not require earth nor gravel. A wide choice of seed offers an important spectrum of adaptations to the environmental, geographical conditions, autonomy and stability of the plan and the desired aesthetic aspect.
Frédéric Leyre, Clément Carrière and Nicolas Didier
Frédéric Leyre is the founder of Magasin Général, creation and multidisciplinary production agency. He is the initiator of the idea and leads the realization of the project and the coordination of partners.
Clément Carrière, Architect HMONP, Engineer ENPC (French national school of civil engineering) / Nicolas Didier, Architect ADE - Engineer ENPC
Their work feeds on their double competence in architecture and engineering. They endlessly try to renew the link that has to unite the form and the structure for the benefit of architecture concerned with the materials it uses and kind to the environment it invests. Wanting to nourish their domain with a social sense, they try to develop a responsible practice in terms of construction.