The inauguration of one of France’s biggest rooftops with hanging gardens, whose scenic and programmatic landscape was designed by MUGO, took place in Villeneuve-d’Ascq last week!
This 5,000m2 rooftop at the heart of La Maillerie in Lille has contributed to convert this former industrial wasteland into a living neighbourhood by facilitating meetings and social interactions.
The site has been redeveloped into biodiversity friendly spaces by creating a living soil with three plant strata, using native plants, and setting up nesting boxes and insect houses.
An area of 1,500m2 has been specially reserved for the future residents, so they can work or chill out in a natural setting. In the middle of the rooftop, you can find the beer bar from local brewery Brique House with a panoramic terrace, which opens onto the landscape.
At the centre of the terrace about 1,200 m2 are dedicated to market gardening and agricultural education. There are also private vegetable gardens, a communal garden, and a local garden centre.
The inhabitants can reconnect with nature and with to each other through the site’s workshops, apiary and on-site produce.
Client: Nhood et Linkcity
Landscape Architect: STUDIO MUGO with Justine Dewitte, Sacha Lenzini, Maria Cristina Petralla, and Isabelle Poinsinet de Sivry
Contracting authority support: Amoex Conseils
Landscaping: Urban’s Group
Vegetable Grower: Growsters
Bar: HTSM Brique House
Photovoltaic Power Station: Helexia France