The Prairie


To imagine this new urban furniture, we have sought not to focus on an object but a neighborhood as a whole. La Défense, the iconic neighborhood of the Paris metropolitan area, is undergoing significant changes.

Several prominent features characterize the neighborhood today:

–       Inconsistency between building scale and human scale
–       Omnipresent hardscape
–       Sudden changes in the weather condition and permanent wind
–       The sensation of loss in spite of major urban landmarks

This project aims to create an allegorical nature that comes to interfere, germinate and to grow, like an improbable prairie, in this heavily urbanized area. The plug-in imagined is presented as a simple orange bar implanted in large number on the slab joints. It creates a fine layer on the existing site, sensible to wind, which provides its base with new functions without preventing it to keep its original ones.