The project “Les Jetées” opens the town of Huningue up to the Rhine, both by extending the city center towards the riverbanks, but also by intertwining the town and the river, thus creating a real river district where architecture blends into the landscape to better reveal it.
This mixed real estate project led by Constructa combines a strong architectural ambition and an exceptional environment at the crossroads of France, Germany and Switzerland. At the entrance of the Trois Pays footbridge, inaugurated 16 years ago, Les Jetées provides a modern impetus to the city, which was formerly fortified by Vauban. This project is designed by four French architectural offices: PietriArchitectes, Triptyque Architecture, Nicolas Laisné and DREAM. The architects were inspired by the town, the river and Europe to draw a skyline which fits into the natural and urban landscape of the place.
In May 2023, the first phase of the project was delivered with two important buildings: Bogen, which was designed by PietriArchitectes, and the Link, a projet led by Triptyque Architecture. It was also
the occasion for the first stone of the Vatéa building to be laid, as well as for many upcoming projects, including another tower by PietriArchitectes.
Les Jetées district and architectural ambition
The architectural and landscape design of the project was guided by three criteria: opening the town of Huningue up to the river by creating a new relationship with water, integrating the town in the of Basel conurbation through an iconic project, and offering an exceptional new place to live for the residents, at the heart of the green land. This omnipresence of nature makes the new district a refuge for biodiversity, which will thus be preserved.
Each building affirms its uniqueness and contributes to the realization of this town project. They all meet with high environmental standards, aiming for the smallest footprint possible, and the mate- rials that were chosen are not only for their aesthetic dimension, but also for their sustainable quality. Les Jetées is contributing to the development of the whole neighborhood: dwellings, nursery, shops, co-living. A specific treatment for the heart of the urban block, as well as for the outdoor spaces and the roofs, ensures the extension of the green area in the district. The dock is the highlight of this new complementary living space. It is therefore a new art of living that takes place on the banks of the Rhine.
The 16-storey Bogen Tower stands on the Rhine, just like a lighthouse facing the river. With its architectural bias made of vertical strata, with its balconies which railings are made of glass, the high standing building attracts the eye
with its sculptural style. With the building’s lines and heights, the inhabited rooms benefit from views over the Rhine, the town and the territory. Appearing like a signal tower from the “Place Abbatucci” in Huningue, the Trois Pays
footbridge naturally leads to it. The side facade accompanies pedestrians from the city center to the banks, while its largely glazed ground floor accommodates various shops that complete the shopping area and contribute to the creation of many places of living and sharing. Les Jetées district has been designed to allow all residents to enjoy the qualities of this exceptional site. All the accommodations benefit from a private outdoor space, largely vegetated and designed as a loggia to preserve the privacy of the residents. Thus, the offset of the tower blades offer an unobstructed view to every dwelling.
Materials and colors
The architectural bias of the project lies in its vertical strata design, and the facade materials contribute to this ambition. The North and South facades are made of white metal cladding. The inside of the slats is made of a white coating and the slices of cladding, also white, are positioned vertically. The West and East facades are dark gray. The glass railings of the balconies play with transparency and show the different views over Les Jetées. The partitions of the apartments are marked by planters with a maximum depth of 60 cm to bring greenery to the tower, reminiscent of the natural environment of the neighborhood by the river. The structure of the intermediate floors has been designed in a way to form a veritable green grid, rising at a height of 15 meters above the ground, and extending over the entire horizon line. The exterior joinery of the project is in lacquered aluminum with thermal break for efficient insulation. The black color was chosen to create a contrast with the white metal cladding and the parapets are raised to ensure the role of the railings for the North and South facade, they are protected by white lacquered aluminum copings.
Situated to the North, the Link building by Triptyque is intended to be light, bright and transparent, echoing the Bogen project by PietriArchitectes.
The relation between Bogen and the Link
Bogen and Link are the first two residential buildings to be delivered in 2024 for Les Jetées district. They are the result of the architectural work of two offices: PietriArchitectes and Triptyque Architecture, which have been able to offer two complementary works for the town of Huningue, leading to a vertical project for Bogen, tempered by the horizontality of the Link. The latter extends over five floors along the park and the river. The Link offers spacious accommodations.
It is dressed in a structural and oblique grid, with a focus on clarity, luminosity and transparency. The off-site manufacture of the Link façade has contributed to the low impact of the nuisance for the residents, as well as participating in the overall carbon impact and ensuring the improvement of the working conditions for the workers. The Link was designed by Triptyque, a Franco-Brazilian architecture firm that favors a naturalistic and sensualist approach. The office develops various projects, from housing design to the redefinition of housing policies and the urbanization of neighborhoods. Triptyque is also requested for luxury projects and has won numerous international awards.